Tees-based CFB Risk Management has announced its biggest contract win to date – a multi-million pound agreement to protect the £2.9bn Sirius Minerals Mine project in North Yorkshire.
CFB Risk Management, established in 2011 as the first company of its kind to be set up by a UK fire authority, will provide 24-hour integrated Preparedness and Response services across all the project’s locations. CFB Risk Management will protect assets, equipment, workforce and the local community during the five-year construction period and when the project becomes operational.
Managing director Ian Hayton said: “This is our biggest contract to date and a massive vote of confidence in our technical expertise, innovative approach and highly professional and skilled workforce.”
Additional skilled emergency management and security professionals have now joined CFB Risk Management’s growing workforce, bringing the current team of permanent employees to around 100, as this new contract will involve advanced manpower requirements for many years.
The UK’s first new sub-surface mine development for 40 years is already under construction near Whitby. Sirius Minerals PLC, a multi-national fertiliser company, plans to invest billions of pounds into the project, which will produce 10m tonnes each year of polyhalite, a fertiliser to be marketed as POLY4. The project will create thousands of jobs in construction, mining and in the supply chain, bringing economic benefits to the area.
Ian Hayton said: “This is a multi-billion pound project for Sirius Minerals and currently the second largest construction project in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe. We are proud to have been entrusted with securing and protecting such a major investment that will provide a massive boost to the economy.
“Our integrated emergency preparedness and response services are in place across all the project’s key locations and are designed to allow Sirius to focus on it its core activities, secure in the knowledge that the entire project is protected 24/7 by world class security and emergency arrangements for many years to come.”
Nigel Chapman, head of health and safety at Sirius Minerals said: “There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our staff. “We needed to partner with someone who was capable of delivering world-class safety and security procedures and rigorous emergency protocols and was capable of applying them to the unique challenges of a deep mine.
“The fact that we managed to find this expertise locally on Teesside with CFB Risk Management is a huge bonus, as we are committed to ensuring that local people share in the economic benefits from the project as much as possible.”
CFB Risk Management already provides integrated security and emergency management services to blue-chip companies that include Ineos Nitriles (UK) Ltd, BP, Navigator Terminals (Vopak) and Venator (Huntsman). With a recently established office in Abu Dhabi it is winning contacts in the Middle East as well as across the UK and Europe.