Canada's PotashCorp to reopen mine after fire

26 September 2012 19:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canada's PotashCorp planned to resume production at its Rocanville, Saskatchewan potash mine following a fire that temporarily trapped 20 miners, the company said on Wednesday.

The fire at the 2.7m tonne/year Rocanville mine started at 01:27 hours local time (07:27 hours GMT) on Tuesday when a wooden cable spool caught fire.

Twenty-nine workers were in the mine at the time and nine were rescued on Tuesday morning, company spokesman Bill Johnson said.

The remaining 20 awaited rescue in underground rescue stations until the last worker was safely freed on Tuesday evening.

"Once the area was secure, and the mine properly ventilated, people were able to return to the surface," Johnson said.

"There were no injuries reported and it is expected that normal operations at the mine will resume on Wednesday," said Johnson.

By: Frank Zaworski
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