Vast project in Canada
- 24.08.2016 - Symbolic Commissioning Start of Legacy
The Legacy Project is the biggest investment project of the K+S group. Since 2011 the company builds a new potash mine and production facility in Saskatchewan, Canada. The commissioning of Legacy is underway. From today’s point of view, production of the first tonne of potash should start in the second quarter of 2017 and not at the end of 2016 as originally planned. Regardless of this, K+S is still assuming to reach its target production capacity of two million tonnes at the end of 2017. With this exceptional greenfield project K+S ensures the future-oriented production of potash.
There are around 2000 people working for K+S in Canada in the construction phase. Many employees come from K+S in Germany and use their know-how and expertise to make the site as efficient and powerful as possible. With the start of the production the newly founded K+S Potash Canada will employ approximately 450 people.
Things have developed since the ground-breaking ceremony five years ago. Take a look at our photo gallery and see how the Canadian prairie turned into an ultra-modern production site.
In the first couple of months 85 employees and contract workers have been involved in the Legacy project (August 2011).
Ground Breaking Ceremony in June 2012: CEO of K+S Potash Canada Dr, Ulrich Lamp, Minister of the provincial government Tim McMillan, K+S Chairman of the board of Executive Directors Norbert Steiner and former KSPC CEO Richard L. Wilson.
Two years later the first buildings and a pilot cavern in a depth of roughly 1,500 meters have been completed.
K+S Group’s Legacy Project is one of the largest investments of a German company in Canada, with a total sum of CAD $4.1 billion.
A Training Program which is part of Legacy enhances the interchange between Canadian and German employees.
Around 2,400 workers are completing the steel construction, as well as buidlung and connecting the 14 gigantic container vessels of the new potash plant (October 2015).
K+S has entered into a framework agreement with Koch Fertilizer Trading for the exclusive supply and sale of approx.. 500,000 metric tons of Legacy potash per year in the U.S. market.
The potash plant is the core component of the site. After the start of the production evaporation, crystallization and separation will take place here (October 2015).
The new site will start its production in mid-2016. 18 caverns in a depth of roughly 1,500 meters are being completed this spring (January 2016).