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On August 17, 2021, BHP announced its approval of $7.5 billion in capital expenditures for its Jansen Stage 1 potash project (the Jansen Project) located in Saskatchewan, Canada.

What you need to know

  • BHP has approved investing a total in excess of $13 billion to complete the Jansen Project, with its recent approval of $7.5 billion in addition to the roughly $5.7 billion already spent to construct the mine.
  • The Jansen Project is expected to produce 4.35 million tonnes of potash per year.
  • Production of potash is anticipated to begin in 2027.
  • Potash product will be shipped to export markets through Westshore Terminals, in Delta, British Columbia, Canada.


The Jansen Project was originally announced over ten years ago. At the time, it was proclaimed as what would become the largest potash mine in the world. To date, roughly $5.7 billion has been spent on the construction of mineshafts and associated infrastructure, as well as engineering, procurement activities, and preparation works related to underground infrastructure.

After years of delays, BHP has given the green light to move forward with the Jansen Project, approving $7.5 billion in additional capital expenditures.

The Jansen Project includes the engineering, design, and construction of an underground potash mine, as well as surface infrastructure including a processing facility, a product storage building, and a continuous automated rail loading system. BHP also announced that potash from the Jansen Project will be shipped to export markets through Westshore Terminals, in Delta, British Columbia, Canada.

The Jansen Project is expected to produce approximately 4.35 million tonnes of potash per year, with the opportunity for further expansion. Construction of the mineshafts is expected to be completed in 2022, and the first potash ore is expected to be produced in 2027.

Located 140km east of Saskatoon, the Jansen Project represents the single largest private economic investment in Saskatchewan history. BHP's Jansen Project will join K+S Potash Canada's $4.1-billion Bethune Mine, and Mosaic's $3-billion Esterhazy K3 Project on the list of major potash mines located in Saskatchewan, Canada. 

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