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Potash

Allan

All dollar values are CDN

Operations

2010 operational capability — 1.8 million tonnes KCl

Mining depth — 1,040 meters

Products — granular, standard and industrial-grade potash for agriculture and industry

Performance

Significant Events

  • Achieved one year with no lost-time injuries for the whole site in December 2010; surface operations surpassed four years with no lost-time injuries
  • Achieved 85 percent decrease in our severity injury frequency rate from 2008 to 2010, even with increased contractor hours associated with site expansion
  • Achieved record annual production of white soluble potash of 388,036 tonnes, surpassing the previous record of 377,146 tonnes achieved in 2005
  • Obtained 5-year renewal of existing Approval to Operate
  • Obtained Ministry of Environment approval and construction approvals for plant surface operations expansion, which began in 2010
  • Completed transition of shaft crew and all underground maintenance crews to seven-day coverage to address operational requirements
  • Started an Aboriginal Strategy to increase Aboriginal awareness and representation in our Saskatchewan potash operations
  • Hired 55 employees — in staggered groups to ensure effective workplace and safety training
  • Introduced Safe Work Plans for unusual tasks and operator Safe Work Permits
  • Addressed recruiting issues associated with vacancies in trades and technical positions through changes to recruiting strategies and increasing local apprenticeship positions

Community Relations

  • Hosted the annual Community Leaders’ Tour with representatives from the Town of Allan and the Rural Municipality (RM) of Blucher
  • Held annual meeting with representatives from the Town of Allan and the RM of Blucher, which included site tours, updates on expansion plans, discussions about safety and environmental results, and funding requests from the Town of Allan
  • Attended, along with the Saskatchewan Mining Association executive, meetings with key cabinet ministers, provincial politicians and Crown corporation executives to discuss infrastructure and regulatory items

Community Investment

  • Contributed $100,000 for infrastructure upgrades at the Town of Allan swimming pool, $35,000 to the Allan Fire Department to purchase Jaws of Life extrication equipment, $20,000 to the Bradwell Fire Department for a new Rescue Unit and $15,000 to the Allan school (to equip classrooms with projectors and computers)
  • Contributed more than $16,500 to other community organizations including the Geo-Engineering Students Society, the Allan & District First Responders, Centennial celebrations in Allan and Colonsay, the Prairie Spirit School Division and the Eagles Family Trust
  • Matched employee donations of $58,900 to the United Way’s 2010 campaign, surpassing the initial goal of $40,000
  • Matched employee donations of $54,600 to a variety of other community organizations
  • Contributed in-kind goods and services and employee volunteer support worth more than $20,500 to the Town of Elstow, Menno Industries, the Aberdeen Recreation Complex, Cosmopolitan Industries, the Town of Allan swimming pool and other organizations

Educational Initiatives

  • Hosted geological engineering students at a University of Saskatchewan (U of S) career session
  • Participated in efforts to develop a mining engineering program at the U of S
  • Participated in the U of S Engineering Cooperative Program, offering summer employment and 16-month internships for students
  • Announced a $10,000 scholarship to be awarded in 2011 to a high-potential cooperative participant who is offered a position at Allan
  • Presented a $1,000 science scholarship at Allan School Awards Night
  • Two Allan employees participated in the Saskatoon Junior Achievement program as mentors

Awards

  • Received Certificate of Achievement from the Saskatchewan Mining Association for having an injury competition rating below the provincial median
  • Recognized for achieving one year without a lost-time accident in December 2010

Energy and Environment

  • Reduced water use by about 200 liters per minute by making changes in mill
  • Received expedited approval for modifications to fine tailings management area following improvements to original design
  • Maintained flex bales in ponds to encourage nesting of migratory birds
  • Undertook design work on new dryer burners to be installed in plant expansion to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Increased recycling efforts for wood and fluorescent tubes

Local Procurement

  • Made local purchases of $36.6 million, representing 73 percent of total expenditures (excluding major expansions, raw materials, energy and transportation)
Allan
Source: PotashCorp
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Annual Production (000 tonnes KCl) 992.3 1,743.9 1,092.7 686.4 1,104.3
           
Employment          
# of employees 312 336 347 349 404
Gender ratio (% female/total employees) 2.9 3.6 3.5 3.2 3.0
Average tenure (years) 16.7 16.8 15.8 16.3 14.6
Absenteeism rate (% hours absent) 7.2 7.0 7.6 8.7 7.5
Employee training (hrs per employee) 33 81 91 72 87
           
Safety Performance          
Lost-time frequency (per 200,000 hrs) 0.7 0.3
Recordable frequency (per 200,000 hrs) 3.8 1.8 3.0 1.9 2.6
           
Greenhouse Gas Emissions          
GHG emissions (000 tonnes) 73.5 87.9 72.9 61.9 85.2
Normalized GHGs
(GHGs/tonne production)
0.07 0.05 0.07 0.09 0.08
           
NPRI Air Pollutants (tonnes)        

 

Nitrogen oxides 62.1 80.0 67.0 55.0 78.3
Carbon monoxide 53.3 68.9 57.5 47.7 67.8
Particulates (dust) 274.4 317.5 74.3 189.2 189.6
Volatile organic compounds 57.1 94.0 63.4 42.1 66.1
           
Mining Waste (000 tonnes)          
Coarse tailings to storage 1,289 2,169 880 808 916
Fine tailings 122 236 178 101 168
Salt in brine injection well 580 756 1,062 464 1,207
           
Water Use (000 m3)          
Water withdrawn 1,673 1,868 1,622 1,522 1,839
Recycled water 3,815 5,950 4,910 3,684 4,832
           
Environmental
Expenditures
 ($ 000)
         
Operating expenditures 1,650 2,862 3,304 1,987 3,246
Capital expenditures 3,271 3,566 1,505 4,274 4,069
           
Energy          
Energy costs ($ millions) 15.0 19.8 19.3 11.0 14.6
Energy use (TJ) 1,700 2,348 1,873 1,418 1,927
Energy efficiency (GJ/tonne production) 1.71 1.35 1.71 2.07 1.75
           
Procurement          
Local purchasing ($ millions) 20.9 34.4 78.0 55.0 36.6
Allan
Allan Facility
Contact Information
General Delivery
Allan, SK SOK OCO
Canada
(306) 257-3312

General Manager
Larry Long