How deep is the Colonsay potash mine?
Summary: Colonsay utilizes shaft mining. Traditional potash shaft mining takes place underground at depths of over 1,000 meters where continuous mining machines cut out the ore face and load it onto conveyor belts.
Why are potash mines closing?
US potash miner Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) has closed its biggest potash mine in Canada’s Saskatchewan province due to flood risks, but is restarting its idled Colonsay operation to offset some of the expected output drop.
When was the Colonsay mine built?
1969. Central Canada underground mine in Colonsay SK, near Saskatoon, was built.
What is in potash?
Potash is an impure combination of potassium carbonate and potassium salt. Rock deposits bearing potash resulted when ancient inland seas evaporated millions of years ago.
Where is Scotland colony?
The island of Colonsay lies in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Fifteen miles to the north lies the island of Mull; the eastern and southern horizons are bounded by the islands of Jura and Islay; and to the south west, just visible from a high point on a clear day, is the coast of Donegal in Ireland.
What is the population of Colonsay?
With roughly 135 inhabitants and its nearest neighbouring community almost twenty miles distant, Colonsay constitutes one of the most remote communities in Britain.
Can I make my own potash?
Potash, also known as potassium, is one of 17 essential elements plants need. However, it is still possible to get the potassium you need for your garden and landscape plants from natural wood ashes created at home in your fireplace or outdoor fire pit.
Which plants benefit from potash?
Root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, peas and beans (pods are a better weight and colour) and fruit all appreciate potash.
Is Colonsay inhabited?
Colonsay is inhabited by around 135 people. Oronsay to the south is separated from Colonsay by The Strand which can be walked across when the tide is out, is inhabited as well by the RSPB wardens and a few other people.
Who owns Colonsay island?
Colonsay Estate has been in the ownership of the Strathcona family for over 100 years. The current owner is Alex Strathcona, 5th Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, who lives on Colonsay with his wife, Jane, and family.
What happened to mosaic’s shuttered Colonsay mine?
The union representing hundreds of laid-off potash miners is “concerned” about Mosaic Co.’s decision to move milling equipment from its shuttered Colonsay mine to another operation in southeast Saskatchewan. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
What’s going on at Colonsay?
The company is planning to resume production at the Colonsay potash mine and recalling workers as soon as practical. This restart will offset a portion of the production lost by the early closure of the K1 and K2 shafts at Esterhazy, and position the company to take advantage of the expected strong potash markets in 2022 and beyond.
What happened to Mosaic’s K1 and K2 mines?
The company also said this week that it had accelerated development of K3 by a full year, meaning the K1 and K2 underground mines would be closed by mid-2022. Fedorchuk said it’s not yet clear what effect that will have on jobs. Mosaic is not the only Saskatchewan potash mining company to take fertilizer off the market this year.
What happened to our Colonsay potash site?
Our Colonsay potash site, located near Saskatoon, SK. has been in care and maintenance mode since it was indefinitely idled in August 2019 due to challenging market conditions. Work is now underway to re-start the facility, with production expected to resume this summer.