MEREN Silica Sand Plant to start operations in Jordan

Middle East Regional Development Enterprises (MEREN), a private shareholding company in Jordan, has contracted with a major European technology group to supply process technology and equipment for the…

Middle East Regional Development Enterprises (MEREN), a private shareholding company in Jordan, has contracted with a major European technology group to supply process technology and equipment for the construction of a silica processing plant. MEREN Silica Sand Plant will have an installed annual capacity of 530,000 tons, and is designed to manufacture different grades of glass sand, silica flour and oil and gas fracturing sand for the production of flat glass, clear glass containers, crystal and tableware, as well as other chemical and industrial uses. The International Financial Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group has signed an agreement with MEREN to help establish the silica sand manufacturing plant in the south of Jordan with an investment of USD 5 million. The USD 18 million project is aiming to export its output mainly to Europe and the Gulf Region. MEREN Silica Plant started sample production in December 2004 and products will be available from January 2005. To ensure the quality and consistency of its various products, MEREN says it has equipped its laboratory division with the highest technology equipment. Tailor-made products for special clients will be provided. Products will be quality tested with extremely sensitive equipment. MEREN says it will be ready by project completion to obtain ISO9001:2000 certification and will also be self-compliant to ISO14001 and OSHAS18001.