Canada to support the world’s most sustainable potash mine in Saskatchewan

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Saskatoon/CMEDIA: Today’s joint announcement by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, said that the Government of Canada will support and enhance BHP’s effort to advance the development of its world-leading low emissions potash mine.

“Today’s announcement shows…how critical potash is for our country when it comes to food security, and…to partner with BHP…will bring strong economic benefits to Saskatchewan, while also helping cement Canada’s mining industry as the best in the world as we pivot toward a zero-emissions future,” said Champagne in the news release.

BHP is reportedly an Australian multinational mining, metals, and petroleum public company that is headquartered in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

BHP Canada Inc., based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is a subsidiary incorporated in 2015. 

Investing in Canada’s mining ecosystem which is founded on maximizing the benefits of our natural resources and adding value to vital supply chains, such as agriculture Canada is strengthening its economy by creating well-paying jobs, and supporting global agriculture producers while contributing to a greener future.

Through this project — first new major potash project in Canada in over 50 years — BHP will improve worker safety by implementing technology to significantly minimize the carbon footprint from mine operations.

This mine, which will be developed in Jansen, Saskatchewan, is expected to generate the lowest direct on-site emissions intensity of any potash mine.

This project will not only ensure Canada’s position as a global leader in both potash production and sustainable mining, but also provide critical environmental and long-term benefits for the people of Saskatchewan and Indigenous communities through employment and economic opportunities, and cementing Canada’s leadership position in potash production.

“The demand for potash will continue to grow due to a need to increase crop yields to feed a growing population. Canada has some of the best potash deposits in the world…Our work here in Saskatchewan on Jansen Stage 1 is setting a new standard for potash—not just for Canada, but around the globe…use the latest technology to deliver a productive, efficient and sustainable operation that will have benefits for our employees and communities, and value for BHP and Canada for decades to come,” Ragnar Udd, President Minerals Americas, BHP said in the news release.

BHP has signed opportunities agreements with six First Nations, which are the first of their kind in southern Saskatchewan and in the potash industry.

“It is essential that agricultural producers in Canada and around the…world’s greenest potash mining facility will help our farmers feed a growing world population…our country’s position as a major fertilizer producer and our reputation as a trusted exporter,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

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