Bechtel and Fluor to share Phosphates PMC contracts
The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) made the final decision regarding the project management consultancy (PMC) contracts to be awarded for the $6 billion capital expenditure for the Phosphate City project.
Maaden is planning the Phosphate City project in the north of Saudi Arabia to debottleneck its Al khabra phosphate mines.
Also called the Al Khabra project, the Phosphate City project includes two major packages:
– The mining and processing facilities with their utilities and offsites
– The downstream industries and the city comprising housing, commercial centers, support industries, schools and associated services
Located approximately 100 kilometers west of the actual Maaden Phosphate Company beneficiation complex, the mining and processing facilities of the Phosphate City project will be erected at Waal Al-Shamal in the Umm Wual area, some 40 kilometers northeast of Turaif in the Sirhan Turaif region.
The mining package of the Phosphate City project is estimated to $4 billion capital expenditure while the downstream package including the City should cost about $2 billion capital expenditure.
Jacobs and Bechtel won Maaden engineering contracts
The complexity and the remote location of the project motivates Maaden to reconsider its decision.
– Eight processing units
– Power distribution plant
– Associated infrastructure
– Utilities and offsite package
– Phosphoric acid (MGA) production
– Purified phosphoric acid
– Sodium tri-poly-phosphate
– Mono-calcium phosphate
– Di-calcium phosphate.
The Al Khara deposit contains very low percentage of metal, providing a phosphoric acid will be of the highest quality suitable for use in the food and feed industries in addition to the classical fertilizer market.
The phosphoric acid will be exported for the major part through the existing port, rail and infrastructure.