Ma'aden's $10.8 billion joint venture with Alcoa will be the largest and most efficient vertically integrated aluminium complex in the world. It will use Saudi Arabia's bauxite resources to profitably produce aluminium for domestic and international markets as well as to facilitate the development of domestic downstream industries in the Kingdom.
The aluminium project involves the development, design, construction and subsequent operation of two integrated sites:
Al Ba'itha, near Quiba in north-eastern Saudi Arabia and around 600km north west of Ras Al Khair, is the site of the project's bauxite mine and ore crushing and handling facilities which are due to begin production in 2014.The mine plan has been prepared based upon the estimated capacities of the project's refinery and smelter and envisages production at an annual mining rate of 4.0 million mtpy of bauxite.
Ras Al Khair
The project's alumina refinery, aluminium smelter and rolling mill are under construction at Ras Al Khair, 90 km North of Jubail. Bauxite ore transported by rail to Ras Al Khair will be refined in the GCC's first alumina refinery to produce 1.8 million mtpy of alumina, which will in turn be processed in the smelter to produce 740,000 mtpy of aluminium. The rolling mill with initial hot-mill capacity of 380,000 mtpy will focus initially on the production of sheet, end and tab stock for the manufacture of cans and other products including auto, construction and foil applications. The rolling mill will be one of the world's most technically advanced and will have the capacity to re-cycle aluminium scrap.
The smelter and rolling mill will begin operations in 2013 while the alumina refinery will come on stream in 2014. Alumina will be imported to supply the smelter for the intervening period.
A key infrastructure item for the aluminium operations at Ras Al Khair is a power, steam and water facility. In October 2009 Ma'aden signed an energy conversion agreement with the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to develop a joint power and desalination plant which will generate 2400 MW of electricity and 1.025 million cubic metres of water per day. Of that, the aluminium complex will use 1,350 MW of electricity and 25,000 cubic metres per day of water. The remaining electricity and water will be supplied to the national grid.
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Ma'aden is growing.
We're building some of the world's largest and most exciting projects in phosphate and aluminium as well as expanding existing operations in gold. We're also working hard exploring vast areas of Saudi Arabia for new mining opportunities.
Our mission is to build a world class mineral enterprise. To accomplish that will require a large number of people with diverse backgrounds and expertise to join us.
At the core of Ma'aden's management philosophy is the desire to maintain a strong and lasting relationship with its employees. Good internal communications, from the board room to the mines and mills are an essential part of this endeavour. An open and honest approach prevails and helps to build the teamwork and co-operation that are vital to the company's success.
At Ma'aden, our goal is to attract and retain the very best quality people and support their successes through capitalizing on suitable employment opportunities in a stable and secure work environment. We hire people with the ability and skills to support our operations across the Kingdom.
From an employment perspective, we're much more than a mining company. What truly sets Ma'aden apart as an employer of choice is that we focus on maximizing our competitive advantage by utilizing the skills and experience of our people. Our managers understand that their management role remains focused on achieving the best from their teams as a part of their daily jobs, and coaching their teams on how to deliver improved results as part of their daily routine. We work hard to provide a challenging and rewarding work environment.
To attract and keep the best people at all levels of the organization, Ma'aden strives to ensure unparalleled job security, a high level of job satisfaction, strong relationships and teamwork, attractive remuneration and other benefits and attractive lifestyle opportunities.
In line with our values of Integrity, Care, Initiative, Achievement and Teamwork Ma'aden continues to pay competitive remuneration. In addition, the employees of Ma'aden are entitled to a wide range of benefits as part of their overall compensation package. These basic benefits include medical care, relocation benefits, housing benefits, transportation, performance and loyalty bonuses and assistance with educational programs.
At Ma'aden we're committed to the Government announced program to give preference to Saudi Nationals. In the areas where no suitably qualified and experienced Saudi National can be located Ma'aden invites a select group of individuals from all over the globe to join the company at different levels, depending on their skills, qualifications and experience.
Ma'aden is a great place to apply your expertise and advance your skills, knowledge and career. We're looking for dedicated professionals with proven expertise in their fields.
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