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Jacobs wins Ma'aden phosphate project deal

Riyadh, May 23, 2012

Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a contract by Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) to provide a bankable feasibility study/front end engineering design (Feed) for its Umm Wu'al Phosphate Project.

The project is planned in the Sirhan-Turaif region, Saudi Arabia.  Officials did not disclose the contract value.

Ma'aden is proceeding with the development of the project, a major phosphate resource in the north of Saudi Arabia, to supply merchant grade phosphoric acid to the fertilizer, food and animal feed industries.

The greenfield project is located 35km northeast of Turaif and approximately 100km to the west of the Ma'aden Phosphate Company beneficiation complex.

The project envisages an open pit mine and beneficiation process, adding approximately 1.5 million metric tons to Ma'aden's planned annual phosphate capacity, which is expected to be marketed locally and internationally.

In addition to the new phosphoric acid (MGA) production, the project will supply phosphate intermediate products, including purified phosphoric acid, sodium tri-poly-phosphate, mono-calcium phosphate and di-calcium phosphate, to augment Ma'aden's phosphate product mix.

The overall project requires a power distribution plant and associated infrastructure.

Jacobs Group vice president Mike Coyle stated: "This is a significant project in Ma'aden's commitment to grow its production capacity within Saudi Arabia, and we are delighted to bring our extensive experience in the region and the global mineral resources industry to support it. We look forward to working with Ma'aden to support its growth objectives."

The project would principally utilize existing port, rail and infrastructure developments put in place by the Kingdom's government as part of a national program of infrastructure enhancement to deliver regional development.  - TradeArabia News Service




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