First potash mine in Saskatchewan near completion

First potash mine in Saskatchewan near completion

The construction of Saskatchewan, Canada’s first K+S Potash Canada Legacy mine in 40 years is near completion, with an expected end date this year.

The mine is located near Bethune and is anticipated to produce up to two million tonnes by the end of 2017. It will provide 300 permanent jobs at the beginning of production.

Around 100 Legacy site operators and tradespeople are undergoing training with systems and equipment similar to the Legacy mine on sister operations in Europe.

Sam Farris, vice president and general manager of operations at KSPC said that the project is on time but there is still a lot to do before the start date.

“We’ve been doing a lot of commissioning planning – organisational planning – to fine tune our structure and specify who’s doing what,” said Farris. “There are many details to work out and a lot of things that have to come together at this stage.”

The commissioning consists of extensive equipment testing with support from European business unit experts who are helping bring the Legacy plant systems on-stream.

The plant is expected to produce the first tonne by the end of 2016.