Fluor and SMS Siemag ink Ma'aden-Alcoa plant deals

Contracts awarded for aluminium complex in Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia

When complete, the Ras Al Khair aluminium complex will extend its ability to 100,000 metric tons.
When complete, the Ras Al Khair aluminium complex will extend its ability to 100,000 metric tons.

Alcoa and Ma’aden today announced commencement of work to extend the product mix of their aluminum complex currently under construction at Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia.

This latest milestone will enable the two companies to include capability for producing about 100,000 metric tons of a wide range of products suitable for further downstream manufacturing in the complex’s product lines. They include automotive heat-treated and non-heat-treated sheet, building and construction sheet and foil stock sheet. The range of products will be suitable for further downstream manufacturing in the complex's product lines.

Two contracts covering the work were signed in Jubail this week. They include the contract for Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management has been awarded to Fluor, while a second award was made to SMS Siemag for supply of the mill equipment and heat treatment line equipment.

Depending on demand, the line will start production at the end of 2014.

"These new capabilities will help establish downstream industries in Saudi Arabia using aluminium that has been mined, refined, smelted and rolled in the Kingdom. It is also fully compatible with the national strategy of developing national resources to create sustainable wealth and employment for Saudis, as well as enabling the replacement of a wide range of imports with cost effective high quality domestic products, and encouraging the expansion of the national industrial base," said Khalid Mudaifer, Ma'aden's President and CEO.

Ken Wisnoski, Alcoa vice president, and president of Alcoa's Primary Products Growth group said: "Throughout this complex, we are bringing in the best technologies in their class and developing the local skills and operational routines to extract the most efficient, high quality production from them. This was already the first and only facility in the Middle East capable of producing food grade can sheet. Extending its capabilities significantly increases that advantage."

The complex’s smelter and rolling mill are expected to begin production in 2013. The aluminum smelter is expected to have an initial capacity of 740,000 metric tons per year while the rolling mill will be within the initial capacity of 380,000 metric tons per year.

In addition to the smelter and rolling mill, the joint venture will include a bauxite mine with an initial capacity of 4 million metric tons per year and an alumina refinery with an initial capacity of 1.8 million metric tons per year. The first production of the mine and refinery is scheduled for early 2014. Alcoa will provide alumina feedstock for the smelter in the interim.


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