Ma'aden opens rolling mill
Samsung Engineering completes $590m contract for aluminium sheet plant
The Saudi Arabian Mining Company, Ma'aden, has announced that the aluminium rolling mill operated by subsidiary Ma'aden Rolling Company has begun operations.
The $590m mill, built under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Samsung Engineering, is part of the $10.8bn complex that has been built by joint venture partners Ma'aden (which owns a 74.9% stake in the mill) and Alcoa (25.1%).
It has been built at Ras Az Zawr and is the first mill of its kind in the Middle East capable of producing food-grade can sheet metal.
It will initially produce up to 380,000 tonnes of aluminium sheets per year, which will be used to produce food cans.
Ma'aden said that the sheet metal needs to go through certain qualification procedures but that production should begin in the second quarter of 2014.