Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) has approached companies interested in providing project management consultancy (PMC) services for its grassroots aluminium smelter and alumina refinery at Ras al-Zour. The companies to have received the initial PMC inquiry include Oslo-based Aker Kvaerner, a group of Canada's SNC Lavalin with the US' Jacobs Engineering, Australia's Worley Parsons and Bechtel and Fluor Corporation,both US-based. Maaden has invited companies to present technical qualifications by late August (MEED 27:5:05).
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. www.meed.com/industry
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