Saudi Ma'aden awards US DuPont sulphuric acid tech licence

04 March 2014 19:26 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--MECS, a subsidiary of DuPont, has won the sulphuric acid technology licence for a 15,500 tonne/day sulphuric acid plant that will be part of a phosphate project in Saudi Arabia, US-based DuPont announced on Tuesday.

The plant will be a part of the Waad Al Shamal project, owned by the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden), and will be one of the biggest world-class phosphate fertilizer complexes, DuPont said in a news release.

Under the contract awarded by Ma’aden, MECS will provide sulphuric acid technology and proprietary equipment for the plant. Canada-based SNC-Lavalin was awarded a contract to provide engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up services for the plant in consortium with China’s Sinopec Engineering.

The sulphuric acid project is scheduled to be operational in Q4 2016, according to an earlier statement from SNC-Lavalin.

DuPont is one of the leading sulphuric acid producers in the US.

By David Tonyan