HLG (operating as Leighton Middle East Contracting Company) in a joint venture with Dragados Gulf Construction Company / Intecsa Industrial (ACS Group), has been awarded a SAR633 million (DHS629 million) contract in Saudi Arabia for the construction of minerelated infrastructure for the Ma’aden Alcoa Aluminium joint venture’s bauxite mine. HLG’s share of the contract is worth SAR316 million (DHS312 million).
The project, which is located at Al Ba’itha, in a desert landscape, is approximately 200 kilometres north-east of the city of Burayda in the Qassim central region of Saudi Arabia. The mineral from the bauxite mine will be transported by train using the North-South Railway that connects the mine to the aluminium smelter Ma’aden is constructing at Ras Al Khair.
This new project follows the announcement that HLG had secured in a joint venture a SAR2.87 billion (DHS2.81 billion) contract for the design and construction of a new aircraft and for a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at Jeddah Airport in Saudi Arabia. HLG’s share of the MRO project is SAR573 million (DHS562 million). “This is another very important step for us, as it reinforces our presence in the region’s largest construction market,” HLG’s CEO and Managing Director, Laurie Voyer, said.
“Our strategy involves building successful relationships with regional partners to successfully deliver challenging and unique projects.
“In this instance, we have once again been able to use the Leighton Group’s relevant experience in Australia and Asia to our advantage.
“This project allows us an opportunity to synergise our delivery skills with those of our partners in what has previously been a niche market.
“We’re delighted to secure our second project in Saudi Arabia this year and are confident of securing other opportunities within the Kingdom in 2012,” he said. Work will commence immediately and the project is due for completion by March 2014.
HLG – Dragados Gulf/ Intecsa scope of work includes the construction of:
a pioneer fly camp and temporary facilities main camp
the material handling system – including crushing plant and mechanical conveyors
a 250 x 200 metre mine village, including accommodation for 200 staff
connecting roads and utilities