Jacobs Engineering received an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Sirius Minerals for its new materials handling facility (MHF) for the company’s North Yorkshire polyhalite project. Located at Wilton International in Teesside, England, the MHF will crush the polyhalite ore from the mine near Whitby and granulate it for use in agricultural equipment before sending it to the nearby dock for shipping.

Jacobs is designing the MHF to handle 7 million metric tons per year (mt/y) of granulated product in its first phase of development, with expansion considerations being developed into the design to support up to 20 million mt/y. In addition, the facility will also handle 3 million mt/y 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 more than 1,000 direct jobs and many more indirectly, and has the potential to generate more than £2 billion of annual exports for the U.K.