The two-potline aluminium smelter will have capacity of 623,000 tonnes a year, while the alumina refinery will be designed to process 1.4 million tonnes of bauxite. The project will also include a 1,800-MW power plant with desalination capacity. A team of Bechtel and Parsons has prepared the feasibility study.

Initial project costs are estimated to be $2,700 million and $950 million respectively for the smelter and refinery. A team of Riyadh Bank with Standard Chartered Bank is acting as financial adviser. Bauxite – raw material for the proposed refinery – will be mined at Al-Jalamid and will be transported via the planned minerals railway. An award is imminent for the PMC contract for the rail link element.

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