Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources announced that it has secured $6 billion in funding for a steel plate mill complex and an electric vehicle battery metals plant as part of aims to attract $32 billion in mining investment.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, the objective would fund nine mining projects for midstream minerals and metals.
The Kingdom is seeking to diversify its economy away from oil by investing hundreds of billions of dollars into a plan called Vision 2030 initiated by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Mining is one of the sectors that has been identified for expansion.
The nine projects include a $4 billion steel plate mill complex for the shipbuilding, oil and gas, construction and defense sectors and a “green” flat steel complex that will supply the automotive, food packaging, machinery and equipment, and other industrial sectors.
Both projects are already underway, as is a $2 billion EV battery metals plant.
Last month the Saudi government signed an agreement to purchase between 50,000 and 100,000 EVs over 10 years from Lucid Group Inc, which Saudi sovereign fund PIF owns a majority stake in.
The minister said the projects would create over 14,000 jobs and added the ministry is now processing 145 exploration license applications from foreign companies.
“These targeted investments represent an important ‘down payment’ in our efforts to move beyond exploration and extraction and into the creation of integrated value chains, a central focus of our overall mining strategy,” al-Khorayef said in the statement.
“The investments will continue to position the Kingdom as a mining production and logistics hub for a region that stretches from Africa to Asia, while also supporting the transformation of our mining sector so it can achieve its potential.”