US$169 million contract for Habtoor Leighton Group JV

ACS Group partnership to work on “mine-related infrastructure”

A joint venture between ACS Group (Dragados Gulf Construction Company / Intecsa Industrial) and Dubai’s Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has been awarded a contract worth US$169 million for “the construction of mine-related infrastructure” for the Ma’aden Alcoa Aluminium joint venture’s bauxite mine.

The project is located approximately 200 km north east of the city of Burayda, at Al Ba’itha, in a desert landscape in central Saudi Arabia.

Minerals from the mine will be transported on the North-South Railway, connecting the mine to the aluminium smelter Ma’aden is constructing at Ras Al Khair.

“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,” he continued, further commenting that experience in Australia and Asia gave HLG leverage.

“This project allows us an opportunity to synergize our delivery skills with those of our partners in what has previously been a niche market,” Laurie added.

HLG’s share of the contract is worth $85 million and it is the second project in Saudi Arabia this year for the company.

This new project follows the announcement on 20 April that HLG had secured in joint venture a $765 million contract for the design and construction of a new aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Jeddah Airport in Saudi Arabia.

HLG’s share of that project reportedly stands at $153 million.

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