SNC-Lavalin has secured two separate contracts for Potash Ridge’s Valleyfield project in Quebec, Canada, and Blawn Mountain project in Utah, US.

Under the first contract, which consists of two distinct phases, SNC-Lavalin will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the Valleyfield project.

The first phase is expected to be a four-month process when the company will finalise engineering and process drawings, prepare equipment lists and schedule long lead items.

"The facility’s annual capacity can be increased to 80,000t."

SNC-Lavalin will also award early vendor works for a 40,000t per annum sulphate of potash facility during this phase. The facility’s annual capacity can be increased to 80,000t.

The project’s second phase will involve procurement and site works, which will take place once detailed engineering concludes.

The Valleyfield project is expected to be fully operational by late-2017.

Under the second contract, the company will undertake a scaling study for four months for development of the Blawn Mountain potash project to evaluate plant design and capacity.

Upon concluding the study, SNC-Lavalin will negotiate and enter a lump sum, fixed-price EPC contract for the project execution.

SNC-Lavalin Mining & Metallurgy president José Suarez said: "Over the years, SNC-Lavalin has forged an excellent business relationship with Potash Ridge and we are delighted to have been awarded these two new contracts.

"Working on both Valleyfield and Blawn Mountain projects consolidates our position as one of the top players in the fertilisers and the potash industry, and we are enthusiastic to have Potash Ridge benefit from our global expertise on these exciting projects."