CanPacific Potash Mineral Resource and Drilling
Updating resource-estimation results for a 1,500-meter potash exploration well that was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Since Rio Tinto and North Atlantic Potash formed a joint venture for the southern Saskatchewan Albany Potash project in 2014, RESPEC has worked closely with CanPacific to maximize their potash resource with innovative engineering. RESPEC and CanPacific collected drilling data, created a three-dimensional (3D) geological resource and reserve model, and developed a new cavern solution-mining scheduling tool that optimizes future mining plans.
Since 2016, RESPEC has completed three characterization boreholes. In 2021, we completed a disposal well for CanPacific’s greenfield potash project near Sedley, Saskatchewan. The RESPEC drilling team managed all aspects of the drilling process, including hole placement, permitting and land acquisition, safety training, well planning and program development, bid collection and cost estimate, subcontractor coordination, drill-program execution, and reclamation. We successfully completed drilling under budget, on schedule, and without any incidents. Our geologists finalized the geological work and input the results into a model. The team then completed a resource and reserve model for the cavern field design.