More than two dozen subject matter experts and experienced operators from K+S Group’s European mines will be lending a hand to their Canadian counterparts during commissioning and start-up of the K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) Legacy site.
“These are experienced people from Germany who will really be able help out our team with any technical challenge that might arise,’’ says Thomas Papst, Vice President of Engineering at KSPC. “If there’s an issue with equipment or process when we commission the plant or during start-up, they’ll be there to say, ‘yes, I’ve seen this before and these are the actions you can take to address that issue.’’
European CSU Support Team’s first trip to Canada.
Daniel Ross, KSPC Manager, Human Resources at the Legacy site, was part of a contingent of KSPC officials who visited the experts and operators in Germany in February to explain work and life at the Legacy site and to answer questions. “They really want to come to Canada to help their Canadian colleagues experience success at this new facility,’’ says Ross.
The Europeans visited Saskatchewan in one of two, five-day orientation tours in February and March. Ross says the trips were designed to acquaint them with the province and included a tour of the Legacy site as well as point-of-interest tours of Regina and Moose Jaw.
They got an in-depth look at Legacy site operations and the Canadian setting in which they will assist during a two-week visit in July, says Trevor Dyck, Manager of Production and Start-up at KSPC. Dyck says the July visit will not focus on training because group members already have expertise in very specific areas, such as particular equipment and process operations. All are proficient in English.
“The July visit will be more about onboarding the European team to specify safety aspects of this plant and worksite and the methodology we will use to commission and start-up the facility,’’ says Dyck. “Legacy is a unique asset. There’s only one plant like it.’’
The Europeans will begin returning to the Legacy site in the fall as commissioning moves into high gear. Most are expected to stay in Saskatchewan for five to six months.