Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has awarded three contracts worth a combined SR8.46bn ($2.26 billion) to Canadian and Asian companies concerning its new phosphate mining and production project, it said on Monday.
The project in Waad al-Shimal City in the north of the country is a joint venture between Ma’aden, Saudi Basic Industries Corp and Mosaic.Canada’s SNC Lavalin and China’s Sinopec Engineering Group have won a 2.86 billion-riyal deal to build a power plant and a sulphuric acid plant which has a production capacity of 4.9 million tonnes, Ma’aden said in a media conference.
South Korea’s Hanwha Engineering & Construction Co won a contract to build a phosphoric acid plant worth SR3.5bn. The plant will have a production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes.
China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corp Co won a contract to build an ore beneficiation plant worth SR2.08bn with a production capacity of 5.3 million tonnes.The projects are due to be completed in 2016, Ma’aden said.Ma’aden aims to close fundraising for its $7 billion phosphate project before the end of the year, a timetable reiterated in the statement.
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