Hanwha Engineering & Construction Wins Contract for US$935 Million Chemical Plant in Saudi Arabia

Accumulates a Total of US$14 billion Through Foreign Contracts

Lee Keun-Po, President & CEO of Hanwha E&C and Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, President of Ma’aden is signing the contract on the chemical plant for producing phosphoric acid at the Umm Wu'al Project site in northern Saudi Arabia.

[17 February, 2014] Hanwha Engineering and Construction("E&C"), headed by President and CEO Lee Keun-Po, signed the contract, on February 5th, for the construction of a phosphoric acid production plant in Saudi Arabia. The contract, awarded by Ma’aden and others, is worth US$935 million.

The signing ceremony was held at the Umm Wu'al Project site in northern Saudi Arabia. 600 people, including Lee Keun-Po, President & CEO of Hanwha E&C, Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, President of Ma’aden, Mohamed H Al-Mady, Vice President of Sabic, and James T. Prokopanko, President of Mosaic, were all attendees at the event.

Hanwha’s construction project involves building a phosphoric acid production plant in Umm Wu’al, the border region between northern Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iraq. The contract was established in the form of an EPC (EngineeringㆍProcurementㆍConstruction)-LSTK (Lump-sum Turnkey), which includes all processes from designing, buying, to constructing.

The project is part of the next-generation business development plans promoted by Saudi King, Abdullah. It consists of constructing facilities for mining, ore dressing and acid production in Umm Wu’al and facilities for fertilizer production in Ras Al Khair that use raw materials produced in Umm Wu’al. Project expenses totaled approximately US$6.67 billion. The owners consist of Ma’aden, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned mining company, Mosaic, along with the world’s largest phosphoric fertilizer producer based in the USA as well as SABIC, Saudi Arabia’s public enterprise for petrol & chemicals manufacture. Top firms in the industry with the technology and industry know-how participated and signed contracts in the EPC format. The firms included Daelim Industrial from South Korea, Intecsa from Spain, HQCEC and SINOPEC from China, and SNC Lavalin from Canada.

The project won by Hanwha E&C is the largest one among the 9 construction zones, valued at US$935 million. Hanwha E&C will construct a phosphoric acid plant, which is an essential facility needed to proceed with constructing the facilities that produce phosphoric acid and fertilizer. Total construction period is set for approximately 33 months, and the project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016. When completed, the plant facility will produce 1.5 million tons of phosphoric acid every year.

“This contract is the result of Hanwha E&C’s successful completion of past projects in the Middle East region, as well as an accomplishment recognizing our know-how concerning this project,” said Lee Keun-Po, President & CEO of Hanwha E&C. “Hanwha E&C is planning to become a global construction company with a foreign sales ratio of 65% by the year 2015.”

Hanwha E&C’s overseas sales have increased steadily since 2007. In 2013, overseas sales accounted for 44% (US$1.68 billion) of total sales (US$3.73 billion). With the $935 million contract with Ma’aden, Hanwha reached a record total of US$14 billion for foreign contracts.

Saudi Project Outline


Name Umm Wu’al EPC Project - Phosphoric Acid Plant (PAP) / EPC LSTK
Location Umm Wu’al, Saudi Arabia
Amount US$935 million
Client JV of Ma’aden/MOSAIC/SABIC (60:25:15)
Contract Type EPC Turn-key Contract

For more information:

Jang Hanee
Hanwha Engineering & Construction
Tel: +82 (0)2 729 5028
Email: hanee@hanwha.com

Hanwha Engineering & Construction

Hanwha E&C has rapidly grown into a global player by leveraging its extensive experience in construction projects and by implementing its new technologies and long-term expertise in constructing a range of industrial, chemical, and power plants, civil engineering works, commercial buildings, and more. We have averaged an annual growth rate of 30 percent since 2002, and won international recognition. We've been recognized as a top global contractor in Engineering News Record and our works often referred to as the "bible of the construction industry."

For more information, visit: www.hwenc.com

Hanwha Group

Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business enterprises in South Korea and a “FORTUNE Global 500” company. Hanwha Group has 61 domestic affiliates and 258 global networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction, finance, and services and leisure. With more than 65 years track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction businesses encompass a broad range of fields from chemicals & materials, aerospace & mechatronics, total solar energy solutions, and global construction. The finance network, covering insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank financial group in South Korea. The services and leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services with retail and resort businesses.

For more information, visit: www.hanwha.com

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