Canadian Pacific (CP) has celebrated the grand opening of the Bethune (previously Legacy) Project mine site.
The mine is the first of its kind built in Saskatchewan in more than 40 years, and the rail infrastructure built to serve the mine is the most significant engineering project undertaken by CP since the mid-1980s.
"We are incredibly proud to have collaborated with K+S Potash Canada on this project and look forward to delivering their product to international markets for years to come," said CP President and CEO Keith Creel. "Building 30 km of new rail through a rural area, including a river valley, is no easy feat and I want to congratulate all those who invested their time and energy in bringing this project to a successful conclusion."
The 30 km route to the mine site required the movement of 9.7 million m3 of earth. Further, the construction of a 137 m bridge and 70 m tunnel was needed.
"KSPC needed to ensure that transportation of product from our mine to our port facility would be both secure and competitive," said Dr. Ulrich Lamp, President and CEO, KSPC. "When we signed the contract with Canadian Pacific in 2013, we knew we had found the perfect partner and strategic fit for those needs. We are so pleased to see the finished rail infrastructure."
In the end, the rail project featured nearly 50 000 rail ties, 30.4 km of track, 4500 t of steel (plates, rail, bolts), 90 000 t of ballast and thousands of hours of work.
CP will primarily use unit train to ship the potash products to KSPC's handling and storage facility in Port Moody, B.C. then on to overseas market.
The mine will have marketable product by the end of 2Q17 and will reach a production capacity of 2 million t of potash by the end of 2017.
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