Project Details

Updating resource-estimation results for a 1,500-meter potash exploration well that was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

Client: CanPacific Potash
Time Span: 2016 to Current
Location: East of Regina, Saskatchewan


In June 2014, Rio Tinto and North Atlantic Potash formed a joint venture on the Albany Potash project that is located in southern Saskatchewan. Since 2014 RESPEC has been working closely with CanPacific to collect data by drilling and inputting it into Vulcan to create a three-dimensional geological resource and reserve model. We have worked with CanPacific’s team to develop a new solution mining cavern scheduling tool that assists with evaluating different mining scenarios to optimize future mining plans. Based on our extensive experience in potash exploration and long term working relationship, we are working with CanPacfic to maximize their potash resource with innovative engineering solutions.

In 2016 and 2019, RESPEC was contracted by CanPacific Potash to drill characterization boreholes for their greenfield potash project near Sedley, Saskatchewan. The RESPEC drilling team handled all aspects of the drilling process, including the following:

  • Hole placement
  • Permitting and land acquisition
  • Safety program
  • Well planning and program development
  • Bid collection and cost estimate
  • Subcontractors coordination
  • Drilling program execution
  • Reclamation.

The drilling was successfully completed under budget, on schedule, and without any incidents. The geological work is ongoing and the end result will be a potash reserve estimate for future mining considerations.