Canadian Mining Journal


POTASH: First unit train arrives in Port Moody from K+S Bethune mine

SASKATCHEWAN –  K+S Potash Canada says the first unit train of product from its Bethune potash mine near the town of the same name has arrived at the handling and storage facility in Port Moody, B.C.

The first unit train – almost 2 km long – from the Bethune potash mine has reached Port Moody. (Credit: K+S Potash Canada)

The train carried about 13,000 tonnes of MOP standard potash and traversed the 1,800-km route with the help of four Canadian Pacific locomotives. It took the train three days to make the trip. CP built a new 30-km-long spur from existing tracks for the project, the largest rail infrastructure project since the mid-1980s, said K+S.

Other, smaller trains have made the trip to the port since the end of July, but this was the first unit train to do so. The first overseas shipment will leave Port Moody in October destined for customers in Asia.

“With this first major rail transport we have reached another milestone”, said Dr. Burkhard Lohr, chairman of K+S Aktiengesellschaft. “As planned we will have capacity to produce up to 2.0 million tonnes at the Bethune mine annually by the end of the year.”

Complete information about the Bethune potash project is available at

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