Giles Hellyer is optimistic about the multi-billion-dollar Jansen potash mine project. The BHP president, Potash Canada, presented an update Wednesday during a Regina & District Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Located about 140 kilometres east of Saskatoon, the massive Jansen project has experienced significant delays, but Hellyer stressed during the luncheon that plans and work on the mine are progressing.
Last month, BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie told a conference in Barcelona that the mine’s first phase could go to the Melbourne-based company’s board of directors for approval next summer and be operational in 2023.
Hellyer said work is continuing smoothly on the first stage, with plans still in place for it to be presented next summer. Work is advancing on site, with the sinking of the two mine shafts being 70 per cent complete. The shaft excavation isn’t expected to be complete for another two to three years.
However, work is complete on construction of the staff housing. The 2,600 bed Discovery Lodge is in use, with private rooms, and recreational and dining areas.Hellyer also gave a glimpse into the future plans for operations of the mine. BHP is currently wanting to leverage ideas from across its mining portfolio for the potash mine.
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