05/23/2012 | Editor: Marcel Dröttboom
Jacobs Engineering Group was 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 in the Sirhan-Turaif region, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Officials did not disclose the contract value.
Pasadena (CA), USA – Ma'aden is proceeding with the development of its Umm Wu'al Phosphate 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 35 kilometres northeast of Turaif and approximately 100 kilometres 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 tonnes 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.
The project would principally utilise 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.
Ma'aden was established in March 1997 to facilitate the development of Saudi Arabia's non-petroleum mineral resources and to diversify the Kingdom's economy away from the petroleum and petrochemical sectors. Ma'aden is engaged in the development, advancement and improvement of all aspects of the mineral industry, mineral products and by-products and related industries in Saudi Arabia.
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