Maaden releases ammonia tender

21 October 2005
Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden)has issued invitations to bid to prequalified contractors for the contract to build its 2,000-tonne-a-day ammonia plant at Ras al-Zour. Bids for the estimated $400 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract are due to be submitted by the end of November.

The shortlisted companies are understood to include: Denmark's Haldor Topsoe, with Switzerland's Ammonia Casale; Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; Italy's Snamprogetti; Toyo Engineering Corporationof Japan; and Germany's Uhde.

The contract is the second of four packages to be issued at the planned Ras al-Zour phosphate complex. Four international companies and groups have been invited to submit bids by 12 November for the contract to build the sulphuric acid plant, while tenders will be issued soon for the phosphoric acid and diammonia phosphate (DAP) plants (MEED 7:10:05).

The phosphate feedstock will be sourced from the Al-Jalamid deposit in the northwest and transported via the planned minerals railway to Ras al-Zour.

A team of Canada's SNC Lavalinand the US' Jacobs Engineeringand Australia's WorleyParsons are bidding for the project management consultancy contract on the complex (MEED 26:8:05).

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