Ma’aden Aluminium (MA) is a joint venture between the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) and Alcoa. Once fully completed, the US$10.8b project will become the largest and most efficient integrated aluminium complex in the world.
MA’s facilities consist of a bauxite mine at Al Ba’itha in Qassim province in the centre of the kingdom, which connects by railway to an alumina refinery, aluminium smelter, can sheet rolling mill and automotive mill at Ras Al Khair, 90 km north of Jubail in the Eastern Province.
MA is a supplier of high quality primary and rolled product solutions to customers in local and international markets. The aluminium produced by MA will help develop the modern world by delivering light, strong and recyclable products to domestic and international customers for the automotive industry, packaging and construction sectors.
MA is a significant contributor to the growth of the “Third Pillar” of Saudi Arabian industry, which senior parent company Ma’aden is delivering through the development of the Kingdom’s mineral resources. In the future, opportunities for further expansion will have the potential to create new jobs through the development of new downstream manufacturing industries in the Kingdom.
MA will employ more than 3,000 people once fully operational and is helping create new jobs and support services in its areas of operation in the Eastern Province and Al Qasim.
Once fully operational, the company’s Al Ba’itha mine, the first bauxite mine in the Middle East, will produce over 4 million metric tonnes of bauxite ore per year (mtpy). The bauxite ore will be refined in the GCC's first alumina refinery to produce 1.8 million mtpy of alumina, much of which will be processed in the smelter to produce 740,000 mtpy of aluminium.
The rolling mill has capacity to produce 380,000 mtpy of rolled products: it is initially focusing on production of food grade can sheet but will also be able to produce auto and construction applications. MA’s can recycling unit has capacity to recycle 120,000 mtpy of primarily used beverage can and will help foster the beginning of a new recycling industry in Saudi Arabia.
Five years after its establishment, Ma’aden Aluminium is now a fully integrated aluminium processing complex in a joint venture with Alcoa. This project, which combines a world-class bauxite mining operation, refinery, power plant, smelters, casthouse and rolling mills to support beverage can production and the automotive industry, became operational in 2014. At the front end of the operations, the two-stage crushing plant at our mine in Al-Ba’itha in Qassim Province began operations in May 2014, and delivered the first load of bauxite to our refinery in Ras Al Khair. Further along the process in Ras Al Khair Industrial City, our smelter is now fully operational with all 720 smelting pots receiving power from the newly constructed power plant at Ras Al Khair Industrial City. The casthouse is also fully operational, producing rolling slabs, billets, standard ingots and T–bars, and the rolling mills are now operating to supportour can sheet and automotive customers.
MA’s state of the art Rolling Mill is strategically located in the heart of the Middle East. Its fully integrated supply chain offers a safe, secure & sustainable supply of high quality product.
MA’s highly skilled employees offer a combination of local knowledge with global industry & experience. The backing of its JV partners, Ma’aden and Alcoa, ensures long-term stability & world class technological support.
Local customers & scrap suppliers benefit from shorter lead times for orders, deliveries and scrap buy back times, offering the potential for significant working capital savings. Close proximity to local markets ensures tailored service and quick response times, while MA’s favorable logistics ensure high quality service for international customers.
MA’s wetlands system is a first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. The wetlands are delivered by MA’s Natural Engineered Wastewater Treatment (NEWT) system. They will eventually reduce water demand by nearly 7.5 million liters per day by treating & recycling water from across MA’s integrated facility at Ras Al Khair.
The ultimate goal of the wetlands system is to achieve zero water intake and discharge. This sustainable technology, originally developed and piloted at the Alcoa Technical Center, is now being considered for other wastewater treatment applications in Saudi Arabia.