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.