Sunderland Terminal Expansion Approaches Completion

19th July 2022

Progress continues on the construction of one of Europe’s largest fertiliser import terminals in Sunderland.

At a time of extraordinary uncertainty in fertiliser supply, our Sunderland terminal will feature over 35,000 tonnes of quayside storage capacity with a massively high throughput pipeline connecting our fully environmentally bunded tanks to a deep water 200m berth capable of receiving some of the largest tanker ships operating today.

Working in tandem with our Great Yarmouth facility, the company will be able to address over 60,000 tonnes of dockside storage at any one time with the ability to distribute fertiliser quickly to farms before rapid replenishment from globally-located primary producers.

An internal view of one of the massive storage vessels in Sunderland

This hugely significant investment represents a critical piece of our nation’s agriculture infrastructure.  Our terminal will play a pivotal role in providing UK farmers with security of fertiliser supply at a moment when UK-production capacity has halved and other European sources have become unavailable.

The high capacity pipeline is designed to receive over 1000 tonnes per hour

As the tanks are completed in the coming weeks, a period of integrity testing and commissioning will commence.  The terminal expansion will be complete and ready to welcome its first deep-ocean supply vessel in late September 2022.

Each of the tanks is contained within a reinforced concrete bund and terminal construction design conforms to the most demanding Eurocodes standards

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