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Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has completed utilities commissioning on a US$900mn ammonia plant in Ras Al-Khair Industrial City
Construction completion is expected in Q4 2021.
The ammonia plant is the first project in the US$6.4bn ‘Phosphate 3’ expansion to Ma’aden’s phosphate fertiliser portfolio, which encompasses the full mine-to-market development process of phosphate fertilisers.
Ma’aden CEO Abdulaziz Al Harbi said, “This is a tremendous milestone for our phosphate portfolio. The ammonia plant expansion will add over one million tonnes ammonia production to reach 3.3 million tonnes, making Ma’aden one of the largest ammonia producers east of the Suez Canal.”
The ‘Phosphate 3’ expansion will add three million tonnes of phosphate fertiliser production capacity to Ma’aden portfolio, bringing that to a total production capacity of more than nine million tonnes. This will make Ma’aden one of the top three global phosphate fertiliser producers and Saudi Arabia the second largest phosphate fertiliser exporter worldwide.
“We have been moving ahead with the construction during the COVID-19 pandemic and thanks to the dedication of the Ma’aden team and our partners, construction has been completed for the utility section and pre-commissioning activities started. Safety has remained a priority for us throughout the project and I am pleased to say that more than 4,000 employees invested 14 million+ safe man-hours to deliver the construction on the Ammonia 3 project over 32 months,” Abdulaziz Al Harbi concluded.