BHP working to bring Jansen potash mine into operation earlier than expected

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SASKATOON — BHP says it is working to bring its Jansen potash mine into operation sooner than expected.

The company says it is working to bring forward Stage 1 first production at the Saskatchewan mine to 2026.

When BHP announced last year that it was going ahead with the project, the company said it wouldn’t come into operation until 2027.

However, in an operational review released Tuesday, the company says the project is tracking to plan and it is working to begin production ahead of its initial schedule.

BHP also says it is assessing options to accelerate the second stage of the project.

The Jansen mine, located about 140 kilometres east of Saskatoon, is expected to produce about 4.35 million tonnes of potash per year with the potential for further expansions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 19, 2022.

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