Win Win Western Potash Will Buy Regina Waste Water for Giant New Mine By Kevin Michael Grace
Consolidation has long been the name of game in Saskatchewan potash. Western Potash TSX:WPX was founded in 2007 with a different focus: the first new Saskatchewan potash mine since the 1970s. Western has found the resource, but it’s 1,600 metres below surface and will need to be flushed out. In a major innovation, that water is to come from the City of Regina, which would otherwise dump the treated effluent in the Qu’Appelle Valley.
According to John Costigan, Western VP Corporate Communications, “There are certainly no other potash solution mines in the world utilizing treated waste water.” According to a December 2011 43-101 prefeasibility study, the company’s Milestone Project holds 66.7 million tonnes measured (potassium chloride), 186.9 million tonnes indicated and 708.2 million tonnes inferred. Western will need 42,000 cubic metres of water a day to bring the potash to surface.