Fertilizer production upgrade set for Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc.


Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. (SMMI) will start construction on a CDN$220 million sulphate of potash (SOP) fertilizer production upgrade at Chaplin, Saskatchewan (Canada) sodium sulphate plant by late 2021. The upgraded facility is expected to be complete by the end of 2023 and will produce 150,000 metric tonnes of SOP per year.

The company said construction on the upgrade is expected to take up to 700,000 labour hours, and once complete, the addition of SOP production will result in an estimated 50 percent increase in jobs at the Chaplin facility on an ongoing basis.

“The government of Saskatchewan has been engaged and highly supportive in their efforts to get behind SMMI, as it seems our project is directly aligned with their 10-year plan to create jobs, stimulate the economy, and to help build a strong economy and quality of life for Saskatchewan people,” said Rodney McCann, president of Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc.
The agreement by Veolia Water Technologies has been integral to the advancement of this project, noted the company. The facility upgrade will implement a cutting-edge design and technology – the first of its kind in Canada – that promises to be up to 25 percent more energy efficient than the technology currently being used to produce SOP.
“Saskatchewan is the only place on this planet that has the abundance of natural resources, the infrastructure, reputation, climate, people and progressive supportive government to allow for a project like this,” said McCann. “In these challenging times, it seems only natural for an absolute ‘only in Saskatchewan’ opportunity to take centre stage in the rapidly growing global plant nutrition industry.”
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