Jacobs Engineering Group has received a contract to undertake a bankable feasibility study and front end engineering design for Saudi Arabian Mining Company's Umm Wu'al Phosphate Project in Saudi Arabia.
The value of the contract has not been disclosed.
The green field project includes an open pit mine and beneficiation process which is expected to increase its planned annual phosphate capacity by approximately 1.5 million metric tonnes.
Jacobs Group vice president Mike Coyle stated, "This is a significant project in Ma'aden's commitment to grow its production capacity within Saudi Arabia, and we are delighted to bring our extensive experience in the region and the global mineral resources industry to support it."
Saudi Arabian Mining Company, also known as Ma'aden, intends to supply merchant grade phosphoric acid produced from the mine to the fertilizer, food and animal feed industries.
The project will also supply phosphate intermediate products, including purified phosphoric acid, sodium tri-poly-phosphate, mono-calcium phosphate and di-calcium phosphate.