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K+S Canada to double production

The expansion plan will yield an increase in production over the next 20 years

Published by Jax Jacobsen in www.miningmagazine.com

 

 

German potash producer K+S will double production at its Bethune mine in Saskatchewan.

 

Bethune currently produces approximately 2 million pounds of potash per year.

 

The expansion plan will yield an increase in production over the next 20 years.

 

Market forces, which include disruptions to potash supply caused by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, triggered the decision to move forward.

 

K+S Canada will extract potash through a process known as secondary mining, Postmedia reported. Secondary mining employs the use of a saturated brine to dissolve potash from walls and roofs of caverns.

 

It is a different approach from primary mining, which uses primary water in extracting potash.

 

Secondary mining costs less and is less destructive environmentally.

 

The Bethune project contains potash reserves of 160 million tonnes at 29% potassium chloride and 18% potassium oxide, and has been operating since 2017.

 

The mine life is estimated to be more than 55 years.