Jacobs bags contract Sirius' materials handling facility

Jacobs bags contract for Sirius' materials handling facility

11:28 AM, 15th October 2018
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DALLAS, US: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Sirius Minerals PLC for its new materials handling facility (MHF).

Located in Teesside, England, the MHF is being constructed as part of the company's North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project, which will supply a unique type of potash fertilizer.

Jacobs is designing the MHF to handle seven million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of granulated product in its first phase of development, with expansion considerations being developed into the design to support up to 20 MTPA of the granulated product. In addition, the facility will also handle three MTPA of coarse product.

Through the development of its North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project, the world's largest and highest-grade deposit, Sirius Minerals will become a leading global producer of polyhalite. At full production, the project will create over 1,000 direct jobs and many more indirectly, and has the potential to generate over £2 billion of annual exports for the U.K.

"As the EPC provider for Sirius Minerals' materials handling facility, Jacobs is delivering more than a full life cycle solution on this project—we're delivering a facility that is scalable and able to support changing agriculture needs," said Andrew Berryman, Jacobs Mining, minerals and technology senior vice president and general manager.

"Securing a partnership with a company the calibre of Jacobs is great for us and a testament to the world-class nature of this project. Their knowledge of EPC projects in the mining sector is hugely valuable, as is their experience of construction projects on Teesside," said Simon Carter, chief development officer, Sirius Minerals.

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