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:: Maaden Unit to Build Saudi Gold Processing Plant
A unit of Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) has signed a contract worth more than SR1bn to build a gold processing plant in the Gulf kingdom.
Maaden said in a statement that its affiliate, Maaden Gold and Base Metals Company, has signed the contract with Hanwha Engineering and Construction.
The gold processing plant will be built at the Ad Duwayhi Gold Mine site currently under development in a remote area of the desert between Riyadh and Taif.
Khalid Al Mudaifer, Maaden president and CEO, said the contract includes completing detailed engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning, start-up assistance and training services.
He said the Ad Duwayhi Gold Mine Facility is a key part of Maaden's programme to develop several new gold mine facilities in the central western region of Saudi Arabia which contains much of the kingdom's gold rich ore deposits.
The plant will process approximately two million tonnes of ore per annum from the adjacent open pit mine, and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.
It is estimated the Ad Duwayhi Golf Mine Facility will produce approximately 180 thousand ounces of gold per annum, and more than 1.6 million ounces over the life of the mine, Al Mudaifer said.
The project will help create approximately 144 direct jobs, 200 indirect jobs in the surrounding area, and an estimated 600 jobs with contractors and service suppliers.
"The signing of this contract represents an important early milestone in our programme to expand development of Saudi Arabia's gold ore deposits, and this project will make a substantial contribution to Ma'aden's overall gold production capacity," said Al Mudaifer.
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