Jacobs Tapped to Build New Materials Handling Facility

October 11, 2018

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Jacobs Tapped to Build New Materials Handling Facility

Fertilizer development firm Sirius Minerals Plc Engineering recently entered into an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contact with Jacobs Engineering for its planned materials handling facility (MHF) in Teeside, England. 

The new facility will crush and granulate polyhalite ore, a variety of potash used in fertilizers, extracted from a mine near Whitby in North Yorkshire. Once processed, the polyhalite will be moved to a shipping dock for distribution. 

“We’re delivering a facility that is scalable and able to support changing agriculture needs,” Andrew Berryman, senior vice president of Jacobs Mining, Minerals, and Technology and general manager, said in a statement. “From the run of mine stockpile to the final product loadout, the materials handling facility will contribute to local and global food supply.”

Sirius’ facility has a planned handling capacity of 7 million tn/yr, up to 20 mtpa of granulated product, and three mtpa of coarse product. 

The company describes its North Yorkshire mine as the “world’s largest and highest-grade” deposit of the potash. When the mine becomes operational in 2021, it will initially have a production capacity of 10 million mtpa and eventually ramp up to 20 mtpa. 

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