By Nick Gilbert
The joint venture comprising Ma'aden and Alcoa awarded a contract to Fluor to provide procurement, engineering and construction management services for its automotive sheet facility in Saudi Arabia.
Fluor's work will involve will design, construction and commissioning of the plant, which will have the capacity to produce a range of products like construction sheet, foil stock sheet, automotive heat-treated and non-heat-treated sheet that are ideal for additional downstream production in the aluminium complex.
Rick Koumouris, head of Fluor's Mining & Metals business, stated that they are happy to continue their business relationship with Ma’aden and Alcoa and extend their support towards the development of the new manufacturing facility, which will help address the automotive industry’s need for light and new materials.
Fluor’s office in Greenville, S.C. would be responsible for designing and procuring materials. The automative facility in the Ma'aden-Alcoa aluminum complex, Saudi Arabia will be one of the largest and most efficient aluminum complexes in the world because it will comprise a mine, alumina refinery, aluminum smelter and rolling mill and will be producing lightweight aluminum for use in vehicle manufacturing.
Fluor is headquartered in Irving, Texas and is a FORTUNE 200 company. It was founded on 1912 by John Simon Fluor Sr. The company has now become one of the largest engineering and construction firms in the world.