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PotashCorp Allan Underground Expansion Project

You might not think about potash when you sit down to dinner, but we do

  • 95.7

    Meters Headframe

  • Allan, Saskatchewan

    Allan, Saskatchewan

Increasing productive capacity to help farmers put food on our tables

When we were asked to help PotashCorp increase the productive capacity of the existing hoisting plant at the Allan Division Mine outside Saskatoon, we knew this meant we would be helping farmers yield bountiful crops. Food which would find its way to your table and ours.

To meet production goals, we analyzed the entire mine hoisting system, from the underground surge bin to the surface skip dump bin. To avoid a prolonged mine production hiatus and accommodate higher capacity skips, the expansion required the production headframe height to be raised. We did this through construction of a stand-alone, four-leg, A-frame structure with penthouse sheave decks, a first in Canada. The new steel headframe was the tallest in the world at the time if its construction, measuring 95.7 meters.

The hoisting plant features a ground mounted four-rope, 234 inch diameter, nominal 12,950 horsepower, friction hoist; the first application of such a design in Canada. This project was completed while the mine remained in production.

Meet Our Team

Steve Rusk, Vice President, Mining, Minerals & Metals, EPCM

A trusted partner with the people and know how to design and deliver mining projects safely and efficiently.
Steve Rusk Vice President, Mining, Minerals & Metals, EPCM Read More

Rich Saccany, Senior Consultant, Mining, Minerals & Metals

Projects are like puzzles. My objective is to make sure all the pieces come together.
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Timo Tikka, Senior Consultant

Whether teaching students or mentoring younger engineers, my focus is on conveying the tools to support the professional engineers of tomorrow.

Rob Nichol, Construction Manager

I believe we must keep the work as easy to perform and as simple as possible through open and active lines of communication.

Steve Rusk

Vice President, Mining, Minerals & Metals, EPCM

Rich  Saccany

Senior Consultant, Mining, Minerals & Metals

Timo Tikka

Senior Consultant

Rob Nichol

Construction Manager

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