Sirius Minerals has announced it has agreed a multi-million pound contract for the construction of the company’s port handling facility at Teesside with McLaughlin and Harvey.
McLaughlin and Harvey will build storage facilities for approximately 250,000 tonnes of product, ship loading equipment, and a product screening facility, beside the Redcar Bulk Terminal.
The port facilities will receive the company’s polyhalite fertilizer after it has been transported from the Woodsmith mine site via the 23-mile underground mineral transport system and processed into the finished product, POLY4, at the Wilton Materials Handling Facility.
Sirius CEO and managing director Chris Fraser said: “In 18 months, since the start of construction, we have made great progress and are now nearing the completion of the procurement programme to support our stage two financing process.
“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.”
Tees mayor Ben Houchen said: “I am delighted to see yet another step forward for Sirius Minerals’ nationally significant project.
“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 £400m invested in Teesside and will importantly see the regeneration of the former Redcar steelworks port frontage.
“We expect many more regeneration projects will be announced on the South Tees Development Corporation site very soon.”