K+S Potash Canada Plans for Long-term Growth at Bethune Mine

K+S plans to double potash production at the Bethune mine in Saskatchewan.
K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) announced a long-term growth plan, part of the K+S Group’s global strategy, focused on planning for a sustained increase of potash production at its Bethune mine in Saskatchewan, Canada. The final production capacity is intended to grow continuously over the next couple of decades and is currently targeted toward 4 million metric tons per year (mt/y), effectively doubling the current production output of the operation.

“Saskatchewan has the food, fuel and fertilizer the world needs, and we are thankful for partners like K+S who will continue to play an important role in sustainable food security conversations worldwide,” Premier Scott Moe said. KSPC is currently undertaking a feasibility study, mapping out the future milestones of growth and timelines for supporting projects. The company will work closely with provincial and federal governments during this phase to ensure it remains in a successful position to sustain future growth.

“Today’s announcement represents another vote of confidence in Saskatchewan as a global leader in sustainable, responsible potash production,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “We look forward to continuing to work with K+S as we grow our potash sector and our economy.” The intended growth will also provide KSPC opportunities for innovation that will support the business in its journey toward being a world-class potash producer and future leader in climate change responsibility while sustainably feeding the growing global population.

“Optimizing our business at Bethune mine enhances the strong position of K+S as an internationally-oriented producer of minerals critical to agriculture and other industries,” K+S Aktiengesellschaft COO Holger Riemensperger said. “Bethune mine is looking at safely and sustainably growing profitability while simultaneously reducing environmental impact, and building a more diverse and inclusive workforce while continuing to engage with local and indigenous communities throughout all stages of the plan.”

To support these plans, the company is currently seeking employees in various engineering, IT, operations, trade, and supporting roles, with a longer-term outlook to hire more than a hundred additional employees, primarily in operations, as new systems are established.

“The main focus right now is to establish the team that will drive the growth plan and associated projects,” KSPC President Sam Farris said. “Planning for growth is an opportunity to develop infrastructure and programs that will continue our progress toward becoming worldclass, and I’m confident we’ll continue to attract the talent we need across the business to realize these opportunities.”

KSPC currently employs more than 400 people at the Bethune mine and its Saskatoon and Port Moody offices.

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