Bethune mine produces first tonnes of potash

Earlier than expected, K+S has produced the first tonnes of marketable potash in its new Bethune potash mine in Saskatchewan at the beginning of June.

“This is a great day for our company,” says Dr. Burkhard Lohr, chairman of the board of executive directors of K+S Aktiengesellschaft. “With Bethune, the most modern potash facility in the world, we are pushing into a new dimension. We are now producing potash on two continents,” Lohr continued.

K+S intends to produce 600,000 to 700,000 tonnes of potash in the Bethune mine this year. The annual production capacity of two million tonnes is expected to be reached by the end of 2017.

The first potash transport from Bethune to the new harbour terminal at Vancouver should leave during August. From there the potash will be shipped to clients around the world.

“Our team on site under direction of Dr. Ulrich Lamp has achieved an extraordinary performance. Therefore they receive the thanks of us all,” concludes Dr. Lohr.

SOURCE: K+S Potash

 

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