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Sirius Minerals signs EPC agreement for 250,000 tonne polyhalite port facilities

A UK potash company developing a multi-billion-dollar operation set to disrupt the global mining community has chosen its construction partner as it moves closer to operation.

Sirius Minerals announced in a statement this week that, through its subsidiary York Potash Processing and Ports Ltd, has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC) with McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd.

Under the contract, McLaughlin & Harvey will develop the port handling facility at Teesside, which will receive polyhalite fertilizer after it has been transported from Sirius’ $4.3bn Woodsmith mine site. At peak production, Sirius expects to export around 20mn tonnes of polyhalite per year all over the world.

The contract will see McLaughlin & Harvey conduct the design and build of works associated with the port handling facilities including; product storage facilities for approximately 250,000 tonnes of product, ship loading equipment, ship outload infrastructure, and the final product screening facility.

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“We are pleased to have entered into another significant construction contract for the ongoing construction of our world leading polyhalite project. In 18 months, we have made great progress and are now nearing the completion of the procurement programme to support our stage 2 financing process,” said Chris Fraser, Managing Director and CEO of Sirius Minerals.

“The construction of our port infrastructure is another example of the level of investment and skilled job creation we are delivering in both Teesside and the UK as we develop a project that has the potential to make the UK a world leader in the fertilizer industry.”

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