In December 2009, a joint venture of SNC-Lavalin and PCL Industrial Management won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Agrium VAULT (VAnscoy ULTimate) potash plant expansion project in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The expansion of the Vanscoy potash facility, which will see a new processing train added to the existing facility, is expected to add approximately 50 percent, or 1 million tonnes, of annual potash capacity to the mine and related processing facilities, allowing the facility to attain its ultimate capacity.
Benefits far and near
The Agrium VAULT expansion will help support the global fertilizer market and help meet the worldwide need for increased agricultural production. Potash is a form of potassium contained in fertilizers used to improve crops. Without fertilizers soils would eventually become depleted and unable to produce the quality crops that feed the world.
The project is also having considerable local benefits. The expansion is expected to require approximately 2,500 construction related personnel at its peak, roughly 12 million man-hours to complete and will generate up to 140 jobs.