VANSCOY, Sask. – Operations at Agrium’s Vanscoy potash mine will remain suspended after a mechanical failure on its main hoist system on July 25.
The failure resulted in production being shut down at the mine located about 30 kilometres west of Saskatoon.
The company said due to the outage, a planned turnaround in September to tie-in the current capacity expansion project will now move ahead.
Production will remain shut down until the tie-in is complete and there is not expected to be any significant impact on the workforce of around 675.
Agrium first announced the expansion project in 2009 which when complete will see production increase by approximately 50 per cent.
More details on the outage are to be provided during the company’s second quarter conference call on Aug. 7.