Maaden scouts PMC for smelter and refinery

12 August 2005
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.

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