|Process components built by Veolia, weighing as much as 180 metric tons and measuring up to 98 ft long, were recently transported over public roads to K+S Potash Canada’s Legacy project site in Saskatchewan|
The major process equipment for K+S Potash Canada’s Legacy project has been delivered to the job site, located in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The equipment—HPD Crystallization Technology from energy, water and waste solutions provider Veolia—will purify and produce up to 2 million metric tons (mt) annually of high-quality potassium chloride from solution-mined potash at the Legacy facility when completed in 2017. Overall, the Legacy mine will produce up to 2.86 million mt/y.
The individual vessels that make up the crystallization system range in size up to 30 m (98 ft) in length, a diameter of nearly 10 m, and weigh up to 180 mt. Mainly fabricated and assembled in the United States and Canada over a period of more than a year, the vessels were transported 200 km to the Legacy job site for installation from the Saskatoon area.
Shipment of the vessels required detailed planning, an approved route plan, and real-time communication with the cooperation of municipalities and utilities potentially impacted by these activities.
These vessels, according to Veolia, are among the largest shipments ever made in Saskatchewan.