The contract for the design and build of the port handling facilities on Teesside for Sirius Minerals Plc, owners of York Potash Processing & Ports Ltd, has been awarded to the Northern Ireland civil engineering contractor McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd.
Sirius Minerals Plc announced the awarding of the contract last November and the facilities will include storage for 250,000 tonnes of potash, handling and ship loading infrastructure and a screening facility for the final product.
Chris Fraser, the managing director and chief executive of Sirius, said: “We have entered into another significant construction contract for the ongoing construction of our world leading polyhalite project.
“The construction of our port infrastructure is another example of the level of investment and skilled job creation we are delivering on both Teesside and the UK as we develop a project that has the potential to make the UK a world leader in the fertiliser industry.”
Ben Houchan, the mayor of Tees Valley, said: “The level of commitment to Teesside from this project is huge as it will continue to generate jobs for local people and help expand our global reputation.
“The successful development of the Sirius project will see over £400mn invested in Teesside and will see the regeneration of the former Redcar steelworks port frontage. We expect more regeneration projects will be announced on the South Tees Development Corporation site soon."