Alcoa and the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) formed a joint venture in 2009 that has created the world’s largest, lowest cost fully integrated aluminum facility. The project includes a bauxite mine situated in central Saudi Arabia, which connects by rail to an integrated facility consisting of an alumina refinery, smelter, casthouse and rolling mill on the Arabian Gulf coast.
First hot metal was poured in December 2012, and in 2015 the smelter reached full capacity, producing 740,000 mtpy of aluminum.
Bauxite ore from the 4 million mtpy bauxite mine is refined in the 1.8 million mtpy alumina refinery, which is designed for expansion and became operational in 2014. The rolling mill produced its first production grade coil in 2014 and is one of the most technologically advanced mills in the world with initial hot mill capacity of 380,000 mtpy.
An Alcoa-developed Natural Engineered Waste Water Treatment System established at Ma’aden is a first of its kind in Saudi Arabia and will ultimately reduce water demand by nearly 7.5 million liters a day.
P.O. Box 11342
Al-Jubail Industrial City 31961
Ras Al Khair Industrial City
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
++966 (0) 11 874 8000
The refinery, smelter and rolling mill are situated within the industrial zone of Ras Al Khair on the east cost of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The mine is located at Al Ba’itha, in Qassim province in the north of the kingdom.Business: Bauxite, Alumina, Aluminum, Cast Products, and Rolling
Products: Standard ingot, billet, slab and coil
Size: 740,000 mtpy for smelter (Nameplate capacity); 1.8mmt for refinery; 4 billion ton bauxite mine; 380,000 mtpy for rolling mill; 3000 employees