NIAGARA, ON, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Whiting Equipment Canada Inc.
announced an agreement with VALE for the turnkey supply of salt
evaporators and potash crystallizers for their Potasio Rio Colorado
(PRC) potash solution mining plant in Argentina's Mendoza Province.
The world's first new green-field solution mining project of its size in
over 40 years, the U$150-U$300-million potash crystallization plant is
the heart of the U$4.2 billion VALE investment in PRC.
Construction of the crystallization plant is expected to begin in
December 2012 - operational in January, 2014. The plant will increase
world potash production by 5-percent, producing 2.4-million tonnes of
potash per year (tpa), with potential phased-in increases to
4.2-million tpa before 2020. The current world potash market is about
50-million tpa. Canada is the largest producer (35%); China is the
largest consumer (27%).
"Canadians are world leaders in solution mining and potash processing,"
said H.- Rudi Kroeker, President and CEO of Whiting Equipment Canada
Whiting Equipment Canada's most recent potash crystallization plant
equipment will begin start up this spring at Qinghai Salt Lake located
in Western China. Whiting Equipment Canada has delivered the first
order for long-delivery alloy materials required to fabricate similar
capacity evaporation/crystallization equipment for Potash One's (K+S)
Legacy Project potash solution mine in Southern Saskatchewan.
Whiting Equipment Canada uses technology invented by their sister
company Swenson Technology Inc. (Monee, Illinois) to develop the
process and engineer the processing equipment.
First performed in Saskatchewan 50 years ago, using Swenson technology,
solution mining uses water to dissolve potash from deep underground ore
zones. The brine is taken from the well field; the salt and potash are
separated through fractional crystallization. The resulting salt and
potash slurries are sent through dewatering equipment. The water is
then pumped back into the well to dissolve more potash.
Whiting Equipment Canada Inc. engineers and manufactures high quality
custom designed equipment for chemical & metallurgical industries,
materials handling & railways, mass transit, and other sectors across
North America and around the world. Whiting Equipment Canada Inc. is a
subsidiary of Whiting Corporation (Monee, Illinois).
SOURCE Whiting Equipment Canada Inc.
For further information:
H.-Rudi Kroeker, President and CEO