Farmers rely on potash, a nutrient found in fertilizer, to grow food. As a leading producer of this basic resource, our client helps farmers feed families all over the globe. To continue to meet this worldwide demand, our client had to upgrade their hoisting plant and grow their mining operation. We worked with their team to increase their production capacity through a record-breaking hoist plant design.
Our client had a clear goal: drastically increase production. To do that, we needed more power. This power would come in the form of a bigger hoisting system.
But in order to accommodate this bigger, more powerful equipment, we had to reach higher. So we engineered a unique headframe to support the larger equipment. Our headframe would be 95.7 metres high (314 feet)—the world’s tallest at the time.
This taller, more powerful system is now used by our client to bring 40% more potash out of the ground—a massive production boost.
We reached out to our Stantec community across North America to collaborate on this first-of-its-kind design. Our partnership involved over 117 Stantec team members from nine offices.
Through our team effort, we’ve helped our client maintain their position as a leading worldwide provider of potash. Not only have we helped revolutionize the potash industry, but we’re also helping supply more fertilizer to farmers, which means more food to feed families.
Since designing what was “the world’s tallest headframe,” we’ve continued to learn, evolve, and improve. Today, we’ve broken our own height record and constructed a headframe of 118 metres (387 feet). Now we have a best practice we can adapt, optimize, and deliver to mining clients around the world.
Where we helped, why we're proud
“The sheer scale of this work is impressive. The skip alone was the equivalent height of two city buses stacked end to end.”Jason Morrow, Hoisting Consultant
“It makes me proud to have helped foster great working relationships with four service providers and our client. We all worked together in sync. That takes dedication to communication and collaboration.”Rich Saccany, Senior Consultant
“To be involved in such a ground-breaking project was exciting. It was exhilarating to conquer the challenge of designing the first-of-its-kind headframe in Canada, and to witness the efforts of our team to make this a reality.”Timo Tikka, Senior Consultant
“As a result of this project, we created a to-do list for designing similar A-frames for other clients. This has been an invaluable experience.”Fang Qian, Intermediate Structural Engineer
“This was a world-class project. Our talent and execution plan will serve as a recognized standard for years to come.”Noel Morin, Construction Specialist
“I was the design team lead for this very challenging project. Designing this headframe and seeing it complete was truly a team effort.”Dave Greenfield, Project Specialist
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