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SNC-Lavalin consortium signs sulphuric acid plant contract in Saudi Arabia

Agreement includes two 75 mega watt power plants that will recover heat generated by the acid plant operations.


MONTREAL – A consortium involving SNC-Lavalin and Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) has signed an $844.6 million contract with Ma’aden in Saudi Arabia to provide engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up services for a three-line 15,150-metric-tonne-per-day sulphuric acid plant.

The agreement also includes two 75 mega watt power plants that will recover heat generated by the acid plant operations.

The project was awarded as part of Ma’aden’s Waad Al Shamal Phosphate Project, which involves the conversion of phosphate ore from the Al Khabra mine into various end products, primarily for the agricultural sector.

The sulphuric acid plant will use industry leading technology from MECS, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of DuPont) to produce acid and generate power through the efficient recovery of process waste heat. The project is scheduled to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Over the past 25 years, SNC-Lavalin has installed more than 60 heat recovery plants.

Ma’aden is a mining and metals company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a portfolio of mineral assets at various stages of development including exploration, development and production.