June 9 saw the official launch of pilot production at Potash and Agri Development Corporation of Manitoba (PADCOM)’s mining operations in western Manitoba.
Located in Harrowby, the potash project uses a selective solution mining process where it injects heated brine into the ground to dissolve potash and then extract the solution.
“After years of researching the potential of this resource, we are pleased to get to this historic point of producing the very first potash in Manitoba,” said Daymon Guillas, president, PADCOM with the launch announcement. “It will be a catalyst for more economic development in our region and the entire province.”
PADCOM has invested more than $12 million for the project with Gambler First Nation as a 20 per cent equity partner. PADCOM has committed to sharing 11 per cent of its net profits with local First Nations, Manitoba Métis Federation and other local governments.
“Gambler First Nation is pleased to be an active partner on this project,” said Chief David LeDoux at Gambler First Nation. “PADCOM’s approach to this development respects the land, the environment and the people in our region.”
When the project is fully operational, it is expected to produce 250,000 tonnes of potash annually.