Yesterday, the first large rail transport with a total of 122 rail cars from the Bethune mine in Saskatchewan has arrived at K+S’s potash handling and storage facility in Port Moody, one of Vancouver’s ports.
The almost 2-kilometer-long unit train was loaded with about 13,000 tonnes of MOP standard and was pulled by four Canadian Pacific (CP) locomotives. The 1,800-kilometer-long route through the Rocky Mountains took three days. Since the end of July, several smaller rail transports have already transported the potash produced from Bethune to Vancouver.
Burkhard Lohr, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of K+S Aktiengesellschaft, said:
“With this first major rail transport we have reached another milestone. As planned we will have capacity to produce up to two million tonnes at the Bethune mine annually by the end of the year.”
Over the next few weeks, additional unit trains will transport potash from the Bethune mine to the handling and storage facility in Vancouver. In October, the first vessel loaded with potash will then leave the port, destined for customers in Asia.