BHP to resume excavation at Canada potash project by end February

18 February 2014 15:03  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--BHP Billiton expects to resume shaft excavation work at its Jansen potash project in Canada’s Saskatchewan province by the end of February, the Anglo-Australian mining major said in an update on Tuesday.

Excavation of Jansen's production and service shafts paused in the fourth quarter “to enable a thorough review of the activities completed to date and to ensure all learnings are captured and adopted in future works,” the company said.

“The staggered manner in which we are progressing the production and service shafts allows us to mitigate risk and optimise their development,” it said.

BHP added that completion of the shafts is expected during 2016, while an associated works programme would extend into 2017.

The company had said previously that excavation and lining of the production and service mining shafts was expected to be completed sometime in 2016.

Additional reporting by Mark Milam

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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