Canadian Mining Journal


POTASH: K+S hosts opening of new mine with new name, Bethune

The newest potash mine in Saskatchewan celebrated its opening with a new name – Bethune.

SASKATCHEWAN – K+S Potash Canada held the ceremonial opening of the new potash solution mine near Bethune on May 2, 2017. About 700 guests, including the Hon. Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, and numerous local dignitaries, suppliers’ representatives and employees. The ceremony marked handing over the mine and plant to the operations team.

The new potash mine is also getting a new name – Legacy is now Bethune. K+S proudly upheld the Saskatchewan potash mining tradition of naming its facility after the closest neighbouring town.

The first tonne of marketable potash is expected to be produced in June. Over the next year, potash transport by freight train will take place from the mine site in to the new K+S port facility in Vancouver, from where the potash will be shipped to customers mainly in South America and Asia. K+S also expects to achieve the desired production capacity of 2.0 million tonnes by the end of 2017.

“We’re delighted to welcome a very good corporate citizen, K+S, back to Saskatchewan as it begins operations at a mine that will create more than 400 permanent jobs and generate taxes and royalties for years to come,” Premier Wall said.

All the details of the new Bethune mine are available at