Arabian American Development has awarded a $79m contract to China National Geological & Mining (CGM) for the operation, management and maintenance of the surface works of the Al-Masane Al-Kobra (AMAK) mine in Saudi Arabia.

The three-year contract comes as an addition to a five-year contract awarded to CGM in June, which covers the engineering, design, mobilisation and rehabilitation of existing mine and production works.

AMAK has also entered into an agreement with Walid Bugshan & Partners for the design, supply and construction of a seaport storage facility in Jizan, Saudi Arabia.

Arabian American Development president and CEO Nick Carter said the agreement to construct a seaport facility will ensure that when the mine becomes operational and delivers economic quantities of concentrates, the firm will have adequate storage capabilities.