Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – K+S Potash Canada is very happy to report that the first cavern connected on February 11 at the Legacy Project potash mine, located near Bethune, Saskatchewan. Future production caverns will be based on this initial test cavern.
“This is a very significant milestone for K+S Potash Canada and the Legacy Project. It demonstrates that our mine is moving forward as planned, on schedule and on budget,” says Dr. Ulrich Lamp, President & CEO.
“Since operations began, we have been mining two separate caverns, and last week they united underground,” explains Sam Farris, Vice President and General Manager of Operations. “Thanks to our dedicated team at K+S, we’ve reached this important step and we are celebrating this success together.”
Darren Lowe, Cavern Development Operator, describes the moment the caverns connected. “Suddenly on the morning of February 11, the flow targets changed, which raised suspicions that something was happening,” Lowe explains. “We made some adjustments so that all of the flow was going into one borehole. When the second borehole produced flow, we knew with confidence that they were connected.”
At commissioning of the Legacy Project in the summer of 2016, there will be a total of 36 production caverns ready for operation from which potash brine solution will be extracted for further processing in the plant above ground.
K+S is putting its more than one hundred years of mining experience and world-class expertise to work on the Legacy Project, a potash mine and production facility being built near Moose Jaw. It will be the first new greenfield potash mine built in Saskatchewan in nearly forty years. Production is targeted for 2016. The Legacy Project will mean new job opportunities for Saskatchewan workers, and new business opportunities for Saskatchewan companies supplying goods and services to this major economic development. K+S is growing Saskatchewan, while providing the potash that is needed to help feed a growing world population. More information at www.ks-potashcanada.com.
K+S Potash Canada GP is part of the K+S Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers of standard and specialty fertilizers. In the salt business, K+S is the world’s leading producer with sites in Europe as well as North and South America. K+S offers a comprehensive range of goods and services for agriculture, industry, and private consumers, which provides growth opportunities in virtually every sphere of daily life. The K+S Group employs more than 14,000 people. The K+S share – the commodities stock on the German DAX index – is listed on all German stock exchanges (ISIN: DE000KSAG888, symbol: SDF). More information about K+S at www.k-plus-s.com.
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