The Saudi Mining Company ‘Ma'aden’ held a meeting in Riyadh today with Bechtel-International to discuss various steps of developing a bauxite project at Al-Zabirah, located in a remote desert area in the northwest of Saudi Arabia near Buraydah. The site has been explored extensively since the 1970s by reputable international firms and is estimated to contain almost 650 metric tons of bauxite. The mine is, however, dependent on the construction of a railway to carry the bauxite to an aluminum refinery to be located on the Gulf coast in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province. Ma'aden and the Saudi Government are also considering the development of phosphate reserves at Al-Jalamid and Um-Wu'ul, also in the northwest. These would also use the bulk haulage railway that is to be built.