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Phosphate Megaproject in Saudi Arabia Begins Production

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Looking West from sulfuric acid stack at Ma’aden’s Umm Wu’al Phosphate Facility
Looking West from sulfuric acid stack at Ma’aden’s Umm Wu’al Phosphate Facility (Source: Business Wire)

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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 fertilizer.

Irving/USA — Fluor is providing overall program management services for this $ 8 billion megaproject, in addition to engineering, procurement and operations and readiness services for various scopes.

Production has begun on diammonium phosphate fertilizer, merchant-grade acid and ammonia. Phosphate serves as a key element in fertilizer for agricultural crops. As one of the largest integrated phosphate fertilizer 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 fertilizers.

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

“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 of Fluor’s Mining and Metals business. “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.”

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