The project’s alumina refinery, aluminum smelter and rolling mill are under construction at Ras Al Khair, 90 km north of Jubail. Bauxite ore transported by rail to Ras Al Khair will be refined in the GCC’s first alumina refinery to produce 1.8 million mtpy of alumina, which will in turn be processed in the smelter to produce 740,000 mtpy of aluminum. The rolling mill with initial hot-mill capacity of 380,000 mtpy will focus initially on the production of sheet, end and tab stock for the manufacture of cans and other products including auto, construction and foil applications. The smelter and rolling mill will begin operations in 2013 while the alumina refinery will come on stream in 2014. Alumina will be imported to supply the smelter for the intervening period.
The industrial complex is being developed by the Saudi Arabian mining company Ma’aden and will also house an alumina refinery and a rolling mill. Bechtel will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the aluminum smelter.
- Year of realization : 2009 – 2012
- Project value : over USD 3 Billion
- Progesys offered the services of Hazard Study facilitators to the Bechtel and Ma’aden teams.
- Progesys’ experts provided the methodology and management required to conduct workshops with discipline and area leads, summary recommendations and prepared risk reports.