Maaden moves ahead with phosphate complex

02 September 2005
Two groups of companies - a team of Canada's SNC Lavalinwith the US' Jacobs Engineering, and Australia's WorleyParsons- submitted bids on 22 August to the Public Investment Fund and Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) for the position of project manager on the development of phosphate resources in the northwest of the kingdom. The scheme will cover the exploration of the Al-Jalamid deposit (MEED 5:8:05).

The SNC/Jacobs group has already carried out a full feasibility study on the estimated $2,000 million scheme, which will include the construction of an integrated 3 million-tonne-a-year di-ammonia phosphate (DAP) plant at Ras al-Zour.

International contractors, along with local partners, submitted prequalifications in mid-August for three separate engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts covering the ammonia, phosphoric acid and sulphuric acid units. All three products will be needed for the DAP plant, for which prequalifications were also submitted separately.

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