Jacobs receives design and fabrication contracts from Foskor

South Africa-based Foskor has awarded two contracts to Jacobs Engineering Group to design and fabricate two final acid towers and one acid cooler for the company's sulfuric acid plants at its Acid Division in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.

"Jacobs' operations in South Africa are managing local fabrication and site coordination."

As part of the contract, Jacobs is designing the equipment and process for two final acid towers using its proprietary chemetics alloy SARAMET.

The company is also designing and fabricating a proprietary anodically protected sulfuric acid cooler, which is being manufactured at its Canadian facility.

Jacobs' operations in South Africa are managing local fabrication and site coordination.

Andy Kremer, Jacobs Group vice president, said the project builds on a successful acid cooler replacement that Jacobs completed for Foskor in 2009.

"We look forward to many more opportunities to enhance Foskor's competitive advantage through superior technical solutions," Kremer added.

The US-based technical, professional and construction services provider said it has supplied more than 1,600 proprietary acid coolers to clients in more than 40 years.

Jacobs has not disclosed the financial details of the contracts.

Foskor's Acid Division manufactures sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid and phosphate-based granular fertilisers (MAP, MAPzn and DAP).