24 January 2023
On the road towards our Jansen potash project in Saskatchewan, Canada, the site’s tallest point can be seen from more than 30 kilometres away. For neighbouring communities, it represents a significant investment in the province and access to new opportunities.
Production is expected to commence at Jansen in late 2026, delivering 4.35 million tonnes of potash a year to customers around the world producing the nutrient-rich fertilisers required to address a growing population, constraints on agricultural land and evolving diets.
As preparations ramp up to deliver BHP’s newest operating asset, our teams in Saskatchewan and across Canada are working hand-in-hand with community stakeholders to address local environmental, employment and economic priorities.
For the first time since COVID-19 restrictions were revised, community leaders representing municipal governments, First Nations and Métis as well as local organisations came together to see progress on site first-hand and discuss the path ahead for the project.
Reflecting on the strong relationships between BHP and the community built during the past 10 years, President Potash Simon Thomas said:
“The partnerships we have in Saskatchewan and across Canada give us so much confidence in our ability to be part of and support this community and grow our potash business here.”
Guests, many of whom were visiting the Jansen site for the first time, enjoyed a busy agenda that included a walking tour of the Discovery Lodge camp, a virtual reality tour of the mining systems and 1,000-metre-deep shaft as well as a guided bus tour of the surface to see construction progress.
Five years have passed since Reeve Darin Pedersen from the Rural Municipality (RM) of Prairie Rose No. 309 last visited the site and he commented on the tangible progress since then.
“It’s really ramped up, which is nice to see,” Reeve Pedersen said. “We know that it’s a positive sight for the people in the area and the RM as a whole.”
“BHP understands that they’ve come into our homes and they want be part of the family and we really appreciate everything that they’ve been doing for our communities, building a nice place to live,” Reeve Pedersen continued.
Feedback from the tour was overwhelmingly positive with guests commenting on leaving with a clearer understanding of BHP’s activities in the lead-up to and once production starts as well as employment and contract pathways.
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