Jacobs completed FEED on mining Phosphate City
Through the Phosphate City project, Saudi Arabia intends also to develop the economy in the north of the country with transformation industries and infrastructure investments.
– Mining operations
– Eight processing units
– Power distribution plant
– Related offsites and utilities.
The downstream activities will integrate the City side of the project with all the:
– Export facilities
– Commercial centers
– Infrastructure and associated services
With this Phosphate City project, Maaden is willing to develop the 236 million tonnes of phosphate lying in the Al-Khabra deposit at Waad al-Shamal, 40 kilometers northeast Turaif along the norther border with Jordan.
In addition the Phosphate City project will give the opportunity to Saudi Arabia to stretch the North-South Railway network upper north.
The downstream activities will be developed near by the port of Ras al-Khair on the coast of the Persian-Arabic Gulf in the Eastern Province.
South Korean contractors racing for first EPC package
– Jacobs Engineering and its local partner Zamel & Turbag Consulting Engineers (ZATE) were appointed for the mining activities
The same companies should have been awarded for the project management consultancy (PMC) contract of their respective part of the project.
The first package to be awarded should be related to the ammonia plant.
The dead line comes at the end of February.
Maaden qualified only four South Korean companies among the pretenders:
The second package to be awarded is related to the Mono-Potassium Phosphate.
The third package will include the Tri-Acetate Phosphate.
– Phosphoric acid (MGA) production
– Purified phosphoric acid
– Sodium tri-poly-phosphate
– Mono-calcium phosphate
– Di-calcium phosphate.
The low metal content of the Al-Khabra deposit with grade of 17 to19.6% P205 is offering a high quality of phosphate for a large scope of use from fertilizers to the food industry in the domestic market and for export.
This export ambition increases to complexity and costs of the project for the transportation from Al-Khabra to the port of Ras al-Kahir.