SNC-Lavalin Awarded Third Sasol Nitro Contract

Sasol Nitro has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management contract for its calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) complex to SNC-Lavalin.

The 400,000tpa plant in Secunda, South Africa, is scheduled for completion in 2011.

This is the third contract the Canadian firm has been awarded following a concept study in 2008 and basic engineering in 2009.

SNC-Lavalin executive vice-president Jean Claude Pingat said the company had been selected on the high quality of its product, energy-efficient operations and the success of the previous projects.

CAN is a granulated fertiliser concentrate made by mixing ammonium nitrate and an appropriate dolomite.

SNC-Lavalin Europe vice-president of operations, industrial processes and power Georges Sontag said this was a significant achievement for the fertiliser division and for the company's presence in South Africa.

The process used to granulate CAN was also designed by SNC-Lavalin's fertiliser division in Brussels, Belgium.

The cost of all three projects is expected to be C$96m (US$93.3m).