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Ma'aden's $8bn phosphate project in Saudi Arabia commences production

by Martin Menachery on Aug 13, 2017

Looking west from the sulphuric acid stack at Ma'aden's Umm Wu'al phosphate facility.
Looking west from the sulphuric acid stack at Ma'aden's Umm Wu'al phosphate facility.

Fluor Corporation announced that the Ma'aden Wa'ad Al-Shamal Phosphate Company's (MWSPC) Umm Wu’al phosphate project in Saudi Arabia has started production of ammonia, merchant-grade acid and fertiliser.

Fluor is providing overall programme management services for this US$8 billion megaproject, in addition to engineering, procurement and operations and readiness services for various scopes.

“As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, this world-class project will have a long-lasting impact on the region, as it diversifies the country’s economy and creates local job opportunities for citizens,” said Tony Morgan, president, mining and metals business, Fluor.

“After less than four years from the start of the execution phase, we are proud to have partnered with Ma’aden to bring this facility to production. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Ma’aden in developing their next phase of mining projects in Saudi Arabia through our recently signed memorandum of understanding,” added Morgan.

Production has begun on diammonium phosphate fertiliser, merchant-grade acid and ammonia. Phosphate serves as a key element in fertiliser for agricultural crops. As one of the largest integrated phosphate fertiliser plants in the world, the facility will help meet global food supply needs by delivering three million metric tons per annum of diammonium phosphate and nitrogen, phosphorous and potash fertilisers.

With a peak site workforce of 28,000 from more than 50 nationalities, Fluor implemented its world-class safety programmes, including its Life CriticalSM programme, to support the project. As a result of these programmes, the project has achieved more than 46 million consecutive work hours without a lost-time incident.

MWSPC is a joint venture between The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden), The Mosaic Company and Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).


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