SASKATCHEWAN — The board of Australia's BHP Billiton has approved the spending of US$240 million toward the first phase of development at its 100%-owned Jansen potash project east of Lanigan. The expenditure will "facilitate the early-stage work for the establishment of the production and service shafts," according to the company's Q4 2009 exploration and development report.
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.
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