Anglo American has given Australia’s Worley the job of finalising concept engineering and design of the proposed multi-billion-dollar Woodsmith polyhalite fertiliser project in north-east England, which was due to have a new development blueprint and capital budget by the end of this year.
The mining major said its program management agreement (PMA) with Worley also included “substantive terms for Worley to provide engineering, procurement and construction management [EPCM) services” at Woodsmith.
An EPCM contract would be subject to separate agreement as Woodsmith progressed.
Anglo acquired Woodsmith from Sirius Minerals in 2020.
Worley said project services would be provided by its UK offices, “with support from a number of Worley’s global Centres of Excellence”.
“The project is likely to include two deep shafts and an underground mineral transport system, where a 37km conveyor belt will transport ore for processing and export at a dedicated material handling and port facility,” the engineering firm said in a statement.
“The operations will be integrated and automated from mine to port, to support safety, efficiency and flexibility.”