JEDDAH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) (1211.SE) has awarded a $1.5 billion contract to South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. (000720.KS) to build an aluminum refinery in the kingdom, a bourse statement said on Sunday.
The refinery, to be constructed in the Eastern Province, will have an annual production capacity of 1.8 million metric tons of smelter-grade alumina and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, the statement to Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange said.
“The contract includes completing detailed engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning assistance, start-up assistance and training services,” Maaden added.
In March, the firm agreed a draft deal with Hyundai to build the refinery, part of a multibillion dollar complex in Ras Al Khair that is 74.9-percent owned by Maaden and 25.1 percent by Alcoa Inc (AA.N).
Reporting by Asma Alsharif and David French; Editing by Matt Smith