Grading the 30 kilometer route to the mine site required the movement of 9.7 million cubic meters of earth. The project also included the construction of a 137 meter bridge and 70 meter tunnel. The rail project featured nearly 50,000 rail ties, 30.4 kilometers of track, 4,500 tons of steel (plates, rail, bolts), and 90,000 tons of ballast.
"We are incredibly proud to have collaborated with K+S Potash Canada on this project and look forward to delivering their product to international markets for years to come," remarked Keith Creel, CP president and CEO. "Building 30 kilometers of new rail through a rural area, including a river valley, is no easy feat and I want to congratulate all those who invested their time and energy in bringing this project to a successful conclusion."
"KSPC needed to ensure that transportation of product from our mine to our port facility would be both secure and competitive," said Dr. Ulrich Lamp, KSPC president and CEO. "When we signed the contract with Canadian Pacific in 2013, we knew we had found the perfect partner and strategic fit for those needs. We are so pleased to see the finished rail infrastructure."
CP will primarily use unit trains to ship the potash products to KSPC's handling and storage facility in Port Moody, British Columbia. The unit trains will be approximately a mile and a half long, consisting of 177 rail cars and four locomotives.
The mine will have marketable product by the end of the 2017 second quarter and will reach a production capacity of two million tons of potash by the end of 2017.