The scope of works on the estimated $200 million mining services contract covers earthworks, drilling and blasting to move about 25 million tonnes a year of overburden andphosphate rock. Maaden says it intends to award the contract by January (MEED 21:7:06). The phosphate rock will be transported by rail to the planned Ras al-Zour fertiliser complex, 1,400 kilometres to the southeast. A tender for the estimated $150 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the mine’s beneficiation plant is scheduled to be issued by the end of the year, with an award expected in the first half of next year. Australia’s WorleyParsons is the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contractor and project management consultant (PMC) on Maaden’s phosphate and aluminium projects (MEED 19:5:06).