Ma'aden's phosphate and aluminium operations rely on substantial elements of infrastructure for current and future operations. These include:
Ras Al-Khair Industrial City
Ras Al-Khair is a multi-commodity minerals industrial city built by Ma’aden and its partners located 90 km north of Jubail in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. It is home to Ma’aden Phosphate Company and Ma’aden Aluminium Company. The city is connected to Ma’aden mines in the north of the Kingdom through a 1,500 km mineral railway and is home to a port that allows Ma’aden to deliver its products to global markets.
Ma’aden Phosphate’s facilities are) a US$5.5 billion joint venture sabic) located at Ras Al Khair, consisting of a phosphoric acid plant, a sulphuric acid plant, an ammonia plant, a DAP granulation plant, a co-generation and desalination plant.
In addition, the City includes Ma’aden Aluminium (a USD 10.8 billion joint-venture with Alcoa) which is one of the world’s largest fully integrated aluminium facilities. Ma’aden Aluminium comprises a refinery, smelter and rolling mill. Bauxite ore transported by rail to Ras Al-Khair is refined in the GCC›s first alumina refinery (1.8 mtpy) to produce alumina which is processed in the smelter (740,000 mtpy). The rolling mill (380,000 mtpy) focuses on the production of sheet, end and tab stock for the manufacture of cans and other products including auto, construction, and foil applications. The rolling mill is one of the world’s most technically advanced and will have the capacity to recycle aluminium scrap.
Ras Al-Khair has added USD 9 billion to Saudi Arabia’s GDP and has created 25,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Waad Al-Shamal Industrial City
The largest industrial project ever proposed in the interior of Saudi Arabia.
Within a vast area of 440 square kilometres, Ma’aden and its partners are building a new minerals industrial city at Wa’ad Al-Shamal in the far north of the Kingdom, 20 km from Turaif. With an initial investment of USD 7.5 billion in the city’s first phosphate project (a USD 8 billion joint-venture with Mosaic and SABIC) the scale and scope of Wa’ad Al Shamal will go a long way to ensure a sustainable future for the people of northern Saudi Arabia.
Ma’aden will play a leading role in the City’s development, which will include the Al Khabra phosphate mine, six phosphate processing plants, supporting industries and a full residential community. Wa’ad Al-Shamal serves Saudi Arabia’s economic vision and diversification strategy perfectly.
Ma’aden’s phosphate project and future downstream industries will create 22,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region, while the basic and downstream industries at Wa’ad Al-Shamal will create over 20 new downstream investment opportunities for the private sector.
Wa’ad Al-Shamal will add USD 4 billion to Saudi Arabia’s GDP, which represents 2% of non-oil GDP.
The 1,500 km long north- south railway line was been built and is owned and operated by Saudi Arabian Railways (SAR). The railway links the phosphate mine at Al Jalamid and the bauxite mine site at Al Ba'itha to the mineral industries complex at Ras Al Khair. The railway was developed by SAR and financed by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), a division of the Ministry of Finance, as part of a programme of national infrastructure development in the Kingdom. The first train from Al Jalamid to Ras Al Khair completed the journey in May 2011.
The port at Ras Al Khair was constructed and is owned and operated by the Saudi Ports Authority and was built to serve more than 80 different industrial projects in the region including the import and export requirements of Ma'aden's aluminium and phosphate operations. The port received its first vessel in February 2011.
Power and water
In October 2009 Ma'aden signed a power conversion agreement with the Saline Water Conversion Company (SWCC) and Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). SWCC are constructing and will own and operate a power and desalination plant which will generate 2400 MW of electricity and 1.025 million cubic metres of water per day. Of that, the aluminium complex will use 1,350 MW of electricity and 25,000 cubic metres per day of water. The rest of the water will be pumped to the cities of Riyadh, Hafr Al-Batin and Nuayriyah. SEC's share will be 1,050 MW of electricity, some of which will power downstream industries at the mineral industry complex at Ras Al Khair.
Certain common infrastructure facilities at Ras Al Khair including serviced land, roads, drainage, lighting, accommodation and a power grid connection as well as power transformation and distribution facilities were initially developed by Ma'aden Infrastructure Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ma'aden. The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu will manage the Ras Al Khair Industrial Area and provide services for industries located there in the same way as Jubail and Yanbu Industrial cities.