“A typical mine of this sort requires 4 kilograms of water to provide one kilogram of potash, however Tusaske will want solely about 1.5 kilograms. This will probably be completed by means of new know-how and extra intensive water recycling,” he stated.
Ferguson stated the brand new know-how may also permit “Tugaske to turn out to be the primary potash mine in Saskatchewan with no tailings ponds.”
The dearth of tailings and brine ponds not solely vastly improves the environmental profile of the challenge, however on this case, it creates a further synergy in decreasing capital and working prices, the corporate said in a current replace.
The development is anticipated to take solely two years, in accordance with Ferguson, partly due to the Tugaske’s smaller scale in contrast with the bigger mines that produce tens of millions.
As soon as in operation, it’s going to produce a minimal of 250,000 tonnes of potash per yr. HELM Fertilizers, a US-based subsidiary of HELM AG, agreed to buy 100% of the annual manufacturing from Tugaske.