The Western Potash Pilot Project (Phase 1) is a new solution potash mine development that includes an on-surface process plant and infrastructure facilities. Once the plant is in full operation its expected capacity is 146,000 tons per year of fine potash. The Phase 1 portion is a test operation that is expected to last 12 years. If this proves successful, there are plans to expand into phase 2 construction that is estimated to be ten times the size of Phase 1.
In the summer of 2018, Broda Group was approached to bid on the construction of a 10 km access road as well as the Greenfield works at the facility. Upon award we were able to start the construction of both the road and the site works on October 16. Although not much time was left in the season, our strategic planning and execution satisfied the owners needs and our commitment to perform making the short turn and end of the year a success for us and our client. In the 50 working days we were able to move 130,000 m3 of earth, 40,000 m3 of granular and install 260m of culverts. A very tough task with the time of the year we were allotted.
The success of our 2018 works lead us into a nice carry over for 2019. We were awarded the excavation of the Crystallization Pond as well as other site works that kept us busy at the site into the summer months.