Saskatchewan to get new SOP capacity after SMMI project gets green light


Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc (SMMI) is investing $220 million to upgrade its sodium sulphate plant to produce sulphate of potash (SOP) at its facility in Chaplin.

Once completed, SMMI says the plant is expected to produce 150,000 t/y to be sold in North American and international markets.

“Further expansion is planned to increase SOP tonnes and utilize reserves at Ingebrigt Lake,” said the company.

SMMI has been producing sodium sulphate at its Chaplin facility for over 70 years.

The upgraded facility is expected to be complete by the end of 2023, the company said in an earlier release in March 2021.

The Government of Saskatchewan has given its support to the development, which would be new SOP capacity in Canada.

Compass Minerals is currently the only SOP producer in Canada, with its 40,000 t/y production unit at Big Quill, Wynyard, Saskatchewan.

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