Ma’aden orders $80m phosphate plant

Staff reporter

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Ma’aden CEO Robert Wilt at the International Fertiliser Association Annual Conference 2023 in Prague, Czech Republic, earlier this year.

Saudi Arabia state miner Ma’aden has ordered about US$80 million of phosphate beneficiation equipment and plant delivery support from Denmark’s FLSmidth for its “Phosphate 3 mega project” in the country’s far north.

Ma’aden (Saudi Arabian Mining Company) is expanding phosphate fertiliser production by circa-3 million tonnes a year to 9Mtpa at its Wa’ad Al Shamal fertiliser production complex with additional support from the national government under its $1.33 trillion Shareek (Partner) program announced in 2021.

FLSmidth said the order for crushing, grinding and processing equipment followed its work with Ma’aden on the phase three plant flowsheet and pilot-scale testing.

“The equipment is expected to be fully integrated during 2025,” the manufacturer said.

“With this new order, FLSmidth will supply of all the key equipment associated with the phosphate beneficiation plant as well as technical support services through the design, construction, commissioning and ramp-up phases.”

FLSmidth CEO Mikko Keto said inclusion of the company’s paste thickening and dewatering technology would help Ma’aden reduce emissions and “water spend” in the beneficiation process.


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