PotashCorp has completed the $3bn expansion of its Rocanville operation, located in Saskatchewan, Canada, more than doubling the mine’s capacity.
Following the expansion, the nameplate capacity of the mine has increased to 6.5 million tonnes, up from the previous capacity of three million tonnes.
The number of workers at the operation has also doubled to more than 750.
PotashCorp president and CEO Jochen Tilk said: “As a result, this mine is poised to be a key part of our company’s future for years to come.
“By enhancing capacity at Rocanville, our lowest cost operation, we have improved our competitive position and are ready to respond to the world’s increasing need for potash.”
The expansion comprised a new mine shaft, as well as a new mill.
In addition, a new 500,000t storage facility, and a new rail and rail loadout equipment were installed.
An existing service shaft was converted to a second production shaft for bringing ore out of the mine.
PotashCorp potash president Mark Fracchia said: “As we strive to achieve our business goals at this operation, it’s a priority for us to ensure the safety of our employees and contractors and to continue to grow our strong relationships with the communities in this region.”