Potassium from potash is used to produce fertilizers that help meet the growing global demand for food. Fertilizers play an important role in maintaining and increasing crop yields. The global demand for fertilizers has grown over the last decade, particularly in developing countries.
The Broadview Project is a proposed solution potash mine in southeast Saskatchewan. It is situated on potash permit KP437, which is 281 square kilometres in size and located approximately 12 kilometres south of the Town of Grenfell and 100 kilometres east of Regina.
Solution Potash Mining
Unlike conventional mining which involves moving tonnes of earth to access a mineral resource, solution mining requires the installation of injection and recovery wells into the resource. From there, a heated brine solution is injected into the deposit, which dissolves the potash salts and results in development of a cavern. The dissolved salts are then pumped out of the cavern to the surface where the water is evaporated, either artificially or in evaporation ponds leaving behind salt and potash.
Once the potash minerals are on the surface and separated from the water, the processing to form the final product is the same for either conventional or solution mining.
CGFPC is undergoing water sourcing studies for the Broadview Project injunction with the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency.
Location Benefits of the Broadview Project
The project benefits from its proximity to infrastructure. The Trans-Canada Highway (Highway No. 1), Canada National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) are 10 kilometres north of KP437. Provincial Highway No. 48 is 400 m south and Provincial Highway No. 47 and Municipal Road No. 616 cross the western and central part of KP437, and connects Highway No. 1 and Highway No. 48.
Community Benefits of the Broadview Project
The Broadview Project could also have significant short and long-term benefits for the local and regional economy. Benefits include the creation of jobs, purchase of supplies and services, payment of taxes during construction, operation, and decommissioning, as well as royalty payments to the Province of Saskatchewan during operation.