K+S Potash Canada is part of the K+S Group, a German-based company that has been mining and processing potash and salt for over 125 years. At our Bethune solution potash mine near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, K+S Potash Canada extracts potash crude salt which is further processed into three types of potassium chloride. Our products are used as natural fertilizers and compacted for use in a variety of industrial applications.
Bethune is the first greenfield potash mine in the Province of Saskatchewan in more than 40 years and enables K+S to produce high quality potash for generations to come. With this facility, K+S can more easily reach the markets in Asia, as well as North and South America, and is well-equipped for expansion of total capacity as markets grow.
Bethune is a solution mine. Solution mining is the process of mining underground water-soluble minerals by dissolving the minerals with water. The mineral-rich solution (called brine) is then extracted from the ground and the minerals are recovered from it.
In November 2010, K+S Group announced it had reached a deal to acquire Canadian junior mining and exploration company Potash One. The acquisition was finalized in March 2011 and the project, named, “Legacy,” was greenlighted by the K+S Supervisory Board in November 2011. From there, the Canadian subsidiary K+S Potash Canada GP was created.
The groundbreaking ceremony for K+S Potash Canada’s $4.1 billion CAD Legacy Project took place on June 19, 2012, at which time the construction site was little more than a humble prairie meadow. By the summer of 2015, the construction program for the multi-billion dollar project was in high gear, and in May of 2017, the mine officially opened under the new name of “Bethune,” following a longstanding potash-community tradition of naming facilities after the nearest neighbouring community.
Watch the video that highlights our journey from greenfield to grand opening.
Watch how we built a legacy from the ground up – literally!
Watch how we celebrated the grand opening of Saskatchewan’s newest potash mine in nearly 50 years!