Ma’aden's 1.1m tonne/year ammonia plant starts up in Saudi Arabia

14 February 2011 16:35  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden) has started initial production at its ammonia plant in Ras as Zawr, Saudi Arabia, market sources said on Monday.

The 1.1m tonne/year plant started up on Saturday 12 February, according to a statement from the company posted to the Saudi Stock Exchange over the weekend.

The unit had been expected to start up in the fourth quarter of 2010 but this was delayed.

Surplus ammonia from the plant is being marketed by Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC).

A source at SABIC said it expected to have the first export cargo of ammonia from the Ma’aden plant available for shipment in early March.

Ammonia from the plant will mainly be used as feedstock for downstream diammonium phosphate (DAP) production at Ras as Zawr.

Ma’aden said the 2.9m tonne/year DAP plant was expected to start production in the second quarter of 2011.

Once the DAP plant starts up, there will be around 400,000 tonnes/year of surplus ammonia for the export market.

Ma’aden Phosphate Project is a joint venture between Ma’aden and SABIC.

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By: Rebecca Clarke
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