Expanding potash production in Canada
|Value:||(Project) Cdn$1.7 billion|
|Scope:||Engineering, procurement, construction management|
|Date:||2007 - 2011|
PotashCorp, the world’s largest fertilizer company, selected AMEC as its partner for expansion programs at the Lanigan, Cory, Rocanville and Picadilly operations because of their experience, proven record and excellent commercial relationship, but most of all due to their technical expertise with potash.
At the Picadilly project, AMEC is providing engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the surface facilities including a new concentrator, salt storage/load-out facility, coarse ore handling/storage system, a 30-km in-ground brine disposal pipeline and ancillaries. AMEC’s services also include EPCM services for upgrades at the nearby Penobsquis mill, including a new compaction plant, brine storage ponds, new substation and existing concentrator modifications.
AMEC also expanded PotashCorp's Lanigan and Cory operations. In total, these expansions will boost production by 39 per cent to 14.9 million tonnes per year by 2011. Potash is an essential mineral fertilizer for a number of crops, including biofuels.