Today, K+S and partner Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) celebrate the opening of a new potash handling and storage facility in Port Moody, one of Vancouver’s ports. Following the launch of production at the new K+S Bethune potash plant in June, this means a further important milestone has been reached.
“This potash loading facility, which is the most modern in the world, will play an important role in the success of our potash activities in Canada,” says Dr. Burkhard Lohr, Chairman of the K+S Board of Executive Directors. “Bethune will give us access to high-grade resources for generations and we will be shipping products to our customers all over the world from here.”
“We’re proud of the good cooperation with our partner, K+S Potash Canada, on this unique project,” says Lorne Friberg, President and CEO, Pacific Coast Terminals Co. Ltd.: “We look forward to working together in the future.”
The state-of-the-art K+S facility at the PCT site in the port of Vancouver includes an unloading station for freight cars, 1,260 meters of conveyor belts as well as a 263-meter-long shed for the storage of a total of 160,000 tonnes of potash products. Freight trains carrying 18,000 tonnes of products can be unloaded and ships with a capacity of 70,000 tonnes can be loaded at the facility’s quay.
“I would like to express my warm thanks to everyone who was involved in the construction of this impressive facility,” says Dr. Ulrich Lamp, President and CEO of K+S Potash Canada (KSPC).
The potash produced at the new K+S Bethune plant in Saskatchewan will be shipped to the new port facility in the west of Canada in freight trains that will be up to 3 kilometers long. The potash will then be unloaded, stored and loaded onto ships for shipment to customers, primarily in South America and Asia.
Source: K+S AG
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