Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) has awarded Canada’s SNC-Lavalin an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) worth around $79m.

The scope of works involves increasing the capacity of two sulphuric acid plants located at Aqaba in Jordan. Work has already commenced and the contract is expected to run for 18 months.

JPMC operates in three mining locations across the central and southern parts of Jordan. The company produces up to 7 million tonnes a year of phosphate rock, making it the world’s sixth largest producer and the second largest exporter (MEED 10:9:10).