Project Update - Project Albany Receives Environmental Impact Assessment Approval
Pursuant to Section 15(1)(a) of The Environmental Assessment Act (the Act), Ministerial Approval was given (August 27, 2019) to CanPacific Potash to proceed with Project Albany, a solution potash mine located in CanPacific Potash’s KL 262 potash lease, subject to terms and conditions imposed in the Ministerial Approval, including the condition that the development be designed, implemented, operated and maintained in accordance with all specifications, mitigation measures and environmental protection procedures described in CanPacific Potash’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Project Albany is a proposed solution potash mine in southern Saskatchewan located in CanPacific Potash’s KL 262 potash lease. Project Albany is located approximately 50 km southeast of Regina near the Town of Francis and the Village of Sedley Saskatchewan in the rural municipalities (RM) of Francis No. 127 and Lajord No. 128. Project Albany would produce approximately 3.25 million tonnes of potash per year and would have significant short- and long-term benefits for the local and regional economy including: the creation of jobs, purchase of supplies and services, payment of taxes during construction, operation and decommissioning, as well as royalty payments to the Province of Saskatchewan over an estimated 70-year period.
Public Engagement is a process that involves the public in various forms of problem solving, decision making, opportunity identification, and the collection of community input to make sustainable decisions. CanPacific Potash and SNC-Lavalin Inc. (SNC-Lavalin) are firm believers in public engagement and pride themselves in building long lasting community relationships.
CanPacific Potash is a Joint Venture between North Atlantic Potash Inc., a subsidiary of JSC Acron and Rio Tinto Potash Management Inc., a subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc, which consists of eight potash permits covering 230,816 hectares in the southern region of the district. The project has mainly focused on permit KP 405.
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (SNC-Lavalin-Saskatoon) was retained by CanPacific Potash to provide services including a site selection study, environmental baseline studies, environmental permitting support, and regulatory and stakeholder engagement for the Albany Project. Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. Our Saskatchewan team of leading environmental specialists, earth scientists, and engineers specialize in consulting for the Saskatchewan potash mining industry.