K+S Potash Canada opens new potash handling and storage facility
K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) has opened its new handling and storage facility at Pacific Coast Terminals’ (PCT) Port Moody terminal in British Columbia.
The port facility will be used to ship potash from KSPC’s new Bethune mine in southern Saskatchewan.
The mine opened in May and started producing the following month, with production capacity expected to reach two million tonnes by the year-end.
K+S Group board of executive directors chairman Dr Burkhard Lohr said: "This port facility is essential to the success of our Canadian potash operations.
"In Saskatchewan, we now have access to high-quality resources for generations to come, and from here, in Port Moody, we will deliver our products to customers around the world."
In 2014, PCT signed an agreement to deliver production from KSPC’s Bethune mine to international clients.
Under the agreement, the parties performed modifications to PCT’s existing facility, alongside construction of a new potash storage building on the site.
Modifications comprise a railcar unloading facility; underground and above ground conveyor belts; and new transfer towers.
In addition, a 263m-long warehouse with a storage capacity of 160,000t of potash was built.
The facility is capable of unloading an 18,000t train, while ships with a capacity of 70,000t can be loaded at the quay.
It will export potash to China, South East Asia, India, Brazil and other international locations.