Yara International has awarded a contract to Canada-based SNC-Lavalin for a greenfield potash mining and processing facility in the Dallol region of north-eastern Ethiopia.
Under the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract, SNC-Lavalin will provide the front-end engineering design, followed by EPCM services.
It would also assist with the start-up and commissioning of the new facility, which will incorporate a solution-mining method to extract the deposit.
This will be followed by mineral recovery in a process plant that will be designed to produce 600,000t of sulfate of potash a year.
The mine has a projected life of more than 20 years.
According to SNC-Lavalin, the engineering and procurement services for the project will be completed out of its offices in Montreal.
Resources would be mobilised to the project site for the construction phase, which is slated for completion in the second half of 2018.
SNC-Lavalin president, mining and metallurgy José Suárez said: "In providing our services to Yara, we look forward to jointly delivering a project that will set new benchmarks in technical excellence, project delivery assurance, safety, ethics and quality, while bringing new opportunities to the local community.
"This award is testament to our capabilities in successful project execution in remote areas with challenging climates and logistics."
SNC-Lavalin Group provides EPC and EPCM services in various industry sectors, including mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, environment and water.
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