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

February 17, 2014

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.

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

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