SASKATCHEWAN — Australian mining giant BHP Billiton is quietly testing its Jansen potash claims east of Lanigan. It bought out partner Anglo Potash last year, and now owns 100% of the project. BHP has advanced work to the pre-feasibility stage for a greenfield 8-million-t/y producer that could supply 16% of global demand.
A project proposal was submitted to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in November 2008. In it, BHP suggests that construction could start in July 2011 for production from a long-room-and-pillar mine beginning in January 2015. Full production, a hoisting rate of 22.5 million t/y, would be reached in February 2016. The preliminary design for the Jansen plant includes conventional wet milling, flotation and dry compaction. Life of the project exceeds 50 years.
BHP has posted the project proposal (all 100 Mb of it) on its website, www.BHPBilliton.com, in the Diamonds and Speciality Products section.