Because they recover the potassium salts contained in the deposits extracted by solution mining, the HPD evaporation and crystallization technologies from Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies continue to attract fertilizer producers interested in maximizing production while controlling their costs, energy use and environmental impacts.
In Canada, K+S Potash Canada GP, an affiliate of the K+S Group, a leading salt and fertilizer producer, has selected HPD process equipment as the core process system for its new Legacy Project potash mine.
Located in the south of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, the facility is expected to begin production at the end of 2015 and will be one of the biggest plants of its kind in North America. It will also be the first potash plant constructed in the region in nearly 40 years.
The Veolia Water solution is designed to enable K+S Potash Canada GP to produce 2.86 million metric tons per year of potassium chloride by 2023 through evaporation and crystallization of the solution-mined material.
HDP® evaporation and crystallization process utilized for fertilizer production
This follows Veolia Water's 2012 contract with the Spanish company Iberpotash for another large-scale system that will produce 750,000 tons of purified salts and extract 50,000 tons of potash annually.
With more than 800 HPD evaporation and crystallization systems in over 30 countries, Veolia Water has proven expertise in recovering this type of material and capabilities to manage large projects of this kind. Its commitment to energy and water conservation also contributed to K+S Potash Canada GP's selection of Veolia Water.
"This latest contract with K+S Potash Canada GP confirms the potential of Veolia's HPD evaporation and crystallization technologies. With HPD technologies, we have one of the strongest offers in a market where clients expect solutions that will enable them to produce the highest quality product as cost-effectively as possible. I'm proud to say that this is the largest industrial contract signed by our Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies subsidiary to date, anywhere in the world."
Veolia Water's Chief Executive Officer
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