Essential resources. Responsibly produced
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As demand continues to grow for the resources essential to reduce carbon emissions and accelerate the energy transition, so does the need for those resources to be responsibly produced.
This is what BHP has committed to Canada.
BHP is a global resources company. Our purpose is to bring people and resources together to build a better world. We produce commodities essential to everyday life, global economic development and the energy transition.
A resources mix for today and for the future.
At BHP, we're focused on the resources the world needs to develop and decarbonise. Copper for renewable energy. Nickel for electric vehicles. Potash for sustainable farming. Iron ore and metallurgical coal for the steel needed for global infrastructure and the energy transition. A resources mix for today and for the future.
In producing resources the world needs, we can also make a significant contribution to the societies we operate in – through the jobs we create, the communities we support, and the taxes we pay.
Building a better future is a responsibility we all share. BHP is committed to not only reducing our carbon emissions but supporting our customers and partners to develop the technologies and pathways needed to help them reduce their emissions as well. Discover more.
The future of sustainable potash mining is clear.
Jansen potash project
Jansen is located approximately 140 kilometers east of Saskatoon in the province of Saskatchewan. An initial investment of US$10.5 billion has been approved for the potash mine, and long-term growth plans are in place for future expansions.
The Jansen project will be one of the largest potash mines in the world and is expected to produce 16 to 17 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) across its various stages.
"We are building a mine that is fundamentally different. With support ranging from local stakeholders and partners, including the provincial and federal governments, the Jansen project has the potential to become one of the largest, most technically advanced and sustainable potash mines in the world.
The Jansen project also brings economic growth and opportunities to the region through jobs, partnerships with Canadian enterprises, and research and development."
The future of global food security is clear
As the world’s population grows, so does the need for essential resources like potash to help secure sustainable, global food production.
The future of potash is clear
What is potash?
What is potash used for?
Potash fertilisers are a critical source of the potassium that crops need to grow.
Potash is a potassium-rich salt used mainly as fertiliser to improve the quality and yield of agricultural production. It can be used directly as a fertiliser or combined with other important nutrients. Potash fertilisers are a critical source of the potassium that crops need to grow. Potash is also used in a wide variety of applications, including glass manufacture, oil & gas drilling, aluminium recycling, water softening, fireworks and many more.
More than 90% of the global demand for potash comes from agriculture.
Sustainable increases in crop yields will be crucial if we are to continue to feed the world. And sustainable, targeted use of potash fertilisers will be critical in replenishing our soils.
More than 90% of the global demand for potash comes from agriculture. As an essential nutrient for plant growth, potash is a vital link in the global food supply chain. Not only does potassium help to improve yield, it is also known as the ‘quality’ nutrient as it affects factors such as the size, shape, colour and vigour of the seed, grain or fruit.
Potassium chloride, which is the most common type of potassium fertiliser, is often referred to as potash and around 55Mt of potassium chloride is applied as fertiliser annually which is equivalent to 6kg per tonne of crop production, 40kg per hectare of harvested land or 7kg for each person on the planet.
Committed to Saskatchewan
BHP is committed to contributing to a strong and sustainable Saskatchewan by leveraging the province's strengths in the economy, talent and expertise. We are proud to be an active member of the Saskatchewan community and have contributed over CAD$50 million since 2015 to support initiatives in the province, including through Opportunities Agreements with six First Nations communities.
Career Opportunities at Jansen
The BHP Jansen Potash Project will support the local community with 3,500 jobs at peak construction and around 600 ongoing jobs through mine operations. Our goal is to have a workforce that’s gender balanced and 20% Indigenous on Day 1 of operations, in 2026/27.
The future of Indigenous education is clear.
BHP Foundation Canada
The BHP Foundation Canada Country program strives to harness the potential of young Indigenous People through improved education, learning and career pathway opportunities, and, enables programs such as the ‘Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization’ (SILR) project at the University of Alberta to connect future generations of Indigenous People with their cultural identity and communities.