Agrium and PotashCorp announce summer shutdown of potash mines

26 June 2013 23:53  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian fertilizer producers Agrium and PotashCorp announced on Wednesday that their potash mining operations will be shut down for weeks later this summer as part of regularly scheduled maintenance.

Agrium spokesperson Richard Downey said the turnaround at its mine in Saskatchewan would begin in August and last two to three weeks. He said summer is typically when Canadian potash producers do maintenance as it is a lower demand period and sees more favourable weather conditions.

Downey said the repairs will encompass all parts of the mining and mill operations.

“We take a two-or-three-week turnaround at the mine every summer. It will commence the second week of August. All mines do this; all of them do so in the summer months,” said Downey.

PotashCorp said its turnaround plans would take place later this summer at its six mines with the New Brunswick mine out of operation three weeks, and the Lanigan, Rocanville and Allan facilities idle for approximately four weeks.

Additionally, the Patience Lake mine will be out of service five weeks, and the Cory facility undergoing a more extensive maintenance project that could last up to 10 weeks. PotashCorp gave no start dates.


By: Mark Milam



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