28 September 2017

Potash Transports from Bethune Mine

First Unit Train Arrives at K+S’s Port Facility in Vancouver

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.

"With this first major rail transport we have reached another milestone", says Dr. Burkhard Lohr, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of K+S Aktiengesellschaft. "As planned we will have capacity to produce up to two million tonnes at the Bethune mine annually by the end of the year."

The arrival of the first unit train also marks a significant milestone for K+S's partner Canadian Pacific. CP had connected the Bethune plant to the existing rail network with a new, 30-kilometer-long link. For CP, this was the largest rail infrastructure project since the mid-1980s. "We are incredibly proud to serve K+S Potash Canada’s Bethune mine," said John Brooks, CP’s Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice-President. “From origin to destination, we look forward to delivering for K+S and its international customers for years to come, and commit to doing so safely and efficiently.”

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.

Note to editors

Press photos of the rail transports, the port facility as well as further information about the new Bethune mine are available here on the Internet.

About K+S

K+S is an international resources company. We have been mining and processing mineral raw materials for more than 125 years. The products we produce from them are used worldwide in agriculture, food and road safety and are important elements in numerous industrial processes. Potash and salt are integral nutrients for the megatrend of a constantly growing and increasingly prosperous global population striving for a higher standard of living. This will result in increasing consumption of mineral resources. We serve the resulting growth in demand from production sites in Europe, North America and South America as well as through a global distribution network. K+S is the world’s largest salt producer and one of the top potash providers worldwide. With more than 14,000 employees, K+S achieved revenues in financial year 2016 of about € 3.5 billion and an EBIT of € 229 million. Learn more about K+S at www.k-plus-s.com.

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