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BHP Billiton approves more funds for Canada potash project

By: Liezel Hill BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, has given the green light for another $488-million to develop its Jansen potash project in Canada's Saskatchewan province. The money will go towards site preparation and orders for long-lead-time items while the feasibility study is under way,... 

Agrium raises earnings outlook

By: Liezel Hill Shares in Canadian fertiliser producer Agrium rose more than three percent on Monday, after the company increased its profit guidance for the second quarter. Agrium now expects to earn between $4.01 and $4.40 a share on continuing operations in the three months ended June 30, citing strong... 

Huge potential for Ethiopian potash, says Allana CEO 

By: Matthew Hill Ethiopia has “huge potential” to become a significant potash producer, TSX V-listed Allana Potash CEO Farhad Abasov said on Thursday. “It’s not going to be as big as Saskatchewan, but it’s going to be a substantial potash producer,” he commented in an interview. 

Verde says could potentially supply all of Brazil's potash demand

By: Matthew Hill TSX-listed Verde Potash is hoping to prove up enough resources at its Brazilian Cerrado Verde potash mine to supply all of the South American country’s future demand for the fertiliser, a spokesperson said on Monday. That’s no mean feat, seeing as though Brazil is forecast to become the biggest... 

Allana wants first Ethiopian potash output in 2014

By: Matthew Hill Allana Potash, hoping to build a mine in Ethiopia, said this week it will decide whether to go ahead with the Dallol project by the middle of next year. “We should be finished the 43-101 update in the next couple of weeks and, parallel to that, we’ll start moving into our bankable feasibility... 

New potash entrant Karnalyte ponders 6Mt production

By: Matthew Hill Karnalyte Resources, which debuted on the TSX in December, aims on producing 500 000 t/y of potash at its Wynyard project in Saskatchewan, but CEO Robin Phinney said on Thursday this could eventually climb as high as six-million tons a year. The plan is to construct the first phase at a capital... 

K+S maintaining 2015 first output date from Legacy potash project

By: Matthew Hill German chemicals company K+S Aktiengesellschaft is sticking to the forecast of first production in 2015 from its recently acquired Legacy potash project in Saskatchewan, but will ramp up output slower than under the previous owner's plans, the company said on Wednesday. “We do not see a chance to... 

Potash Corp eyes even greater growth

By: Matthew Hill The world’s biggest potash producer, Potash Corp, could add a further five-million tons of production, which would take its total capacity to around 22-million tons yearly, CFO Wayne Brownlee said on Wednesday. The company had already unveiled plans to grow output from around ten-million tons of... 

New entrants could squeeze existing potash miners - Agrium CEO

By: Matthew Hill Companies building new potash mines could “put some stress” on existing producers, US-based Agrium CEO Mike Wilson conceded on Wednesday, but added that the costs of new projects was likely to intimidate potential entrants. Agrium, the world’s biggest agricultural product retailer, plans on... 

Ratings upgrade extends Potash Corp's gains

By: Matthew Hill Shares in Potash Corp ratcheted up a further 2,9% on the TSX in Tuesday afternoon trade, after Standard & Poor’s revised its credit rating for the company to stable from negative. “The outlook revision reflects our view that strong demand for fertilizers will allow the company to generate... 

Analysts expect more potash price gains despite floods

By: Matthew Hill As Belarusian Potash Company announced a $30/t price increase for deliveries of the crop nutrient to Brazil, North American analysts are upbeat on the price for the rest of the year. “I think they’ll rise by single digits, but maybe strong single digits,” Indiana-based Boenning & Scattergood... 

Junior Vulcan to separately list its potash assets

By: Matthew Hill Vulcan Minerals, the Newfoundland-based oil explorer, on Wednesday said it will spin out a potash deposit it owns in the province into a new listed company. The company said it would own around 20% of Newco, the company that will hold the potash assets, after financing, and has hired a geologist... 

US floods could remove 3m acres of farmland this year - Potash Corp's Doyle

By: Matthew Hill As much as 1% of US farmland might not be planted this year because of devastating floods, but this will have a limited effect on sales for the world’s biggest fertiliser supplier Potash Corp, CEO Bill Doyle said on Thursday. Addressing the company’s yearly shareholders meeting, he added that... 

BHP names new divisional head, moves office to Saskatchewan

By: Matthew Hill BHP Billiton has appointed Tim Cutt to replace Graham Kerr as president of its Diamonds and Specialty Products unit, and will move its Canadian offices to Saskatchewan, where it hopes to develop the massive Jansen potash project. Cutt, who takes over the role on June 1, has served as production... 

Intrepid says US Q1 potash demand 'reminiscent' of 2008

By: Matthew Hill NYSE-listed Intrepid Potash, which produces the crop nutrient in the US, said on Thursday that domestic demand for its product for the first quarter was nearing the record levels of 2008. Tightening crop inventories and rising food prices were leading farmers to use more fertilisers in their... 

Agrium continues to grow profit

By: Matthew Hill Fertiliser maker Agrium on Wednesday reported that first-quarter earnings rose to $171-million from a $1-million loss the year before, as record crop prices bolstered demand for its products. “Crop nutrient demand was strong in North America and globally, providing underlying support to crop... 

Mosaic threatens to cut potash to Potash Corp from Sask mine

By: Matthew Hill A battle has been brewing between two potash giants in Saskatchewan, and Mosaic Company on Monday threatened to halt supplying Potash Corp with production at cost from its Esterhazy mine. An analyst said on Tuesday that the two companies would likely settle the dispute before Mosaic’s July 1... 

Potash Corp's Doyle not buying Indian potash 'holiday'

By: Matthew Hill Potash Corp CEO Bill Doyle hit back at reports that India, a major customer of his company’s crop fertilisers, was taking a break from buying potash until prices eased. Speaking on a conference call, he effectively said ‘they need us more than we need them’. A brazen Doyle, now vindicated for... 

Potash Corp sprouts 71% Q1 earnings rise

By: Matthew Hill Number-one fertiliser producer Potash Corp on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings surged 71% from the same time last year to $732-million as demand and prices for its products rose. Demand for potash, particularly from Latin America and Asian countries other than China and India, pushed... 

Western Potash hikes resources 40% at Sask project, shares climb

By: Matthew Hill Western Potash on Tuesday said it boosted the resources at the Milestone property in Saskatchewan by 40% to 64-million tons of measured resources and 880-million tons of indicated and inferred. “We are very pleased with the results of this updated resource calculation, though we are not... 

Grizzly starts actively hunting for Alberta potash

By: Matthew Hill Shares in Grizzly Discoveries jumped 36% after the TSX V-listed junior announced it started exploration work at its Alberta potash project. “We are aggressively pursuing the development of this project given our belief that agricultural products and foodstuffs could experience significant... 

Amazon changes name to Verde Potash

By: Matthew Hill Amazon Mining, a Toronto-based junior, said on Thursday shareholders had given the nod to a name change to Verde Potash. The change, which the company said it was doing to better reflect its focus on fertilisers, will be effective from Tuesday. 

MagIndustries agrees to C$115m bid from Chinese group

By: Matthew Hill MagIndustries, which owns potash properties in the Republic of Congo, has agreed to a C$115-million takeover offer from Chinese group Evergreen Industries, it said on Wednesday.The C$0,25 a share bid represented a 64% premium to the stock’s 20-day volume-weighted average up to Tuesday. 

Canpotex to build new maintenance facility

By: Matthew Hill Canadian potash exporting cartel Canpotex on Tuesday unveiled plans to build a C$55-million railcar maintenance shop in Saskatchewan. Construction will start in May and be finished by the third quarter of next year, Canpotex said. 

India's potash 'holiday' could be a bluff 

By: Matthew Hill Was India bluffing in its assertions this week that it was taking a “holiday” from potash imports because of high prices, saying it has enough inventories anyway? Profercy Phosphates & NPKs editor Tom Jago certainly thinks so. “In the industry we believe that, we think it’s a bluff,” he told... 

Higher phosphate prices ahead 

By: Matthew Hill Trouble in North Africa and the Middle East, environmental issues in the US and shrinking exports from China mean there could be a “chronic” shortage of phosphates, used as a crop fertiliser, Profercy Phosphates & NPKs editor Tom Jago said on Wednesday. And this is while the world is still... 

IC Potash starts environmental study at US project

By: Matthew Hill TSX V-listed IC Potash said on Monday it had started environmental permitting work at its Ochoa sulphate of potash (SOP) project in New Mexico. The mine is expected to cost $662-million and produce 660 000 t/y of SOP, also called potassium sulphate, which is used to make crop fertilisers. 

Mesa acquires Utah potash permits

By: Matthew Hill Hot on the heels of changing its name from Mesa Uranium to Mesa Exploration, the TSX V-listed company said on Thursday it had bought a western Utah potash project. The White Mountain deposit consists of 1 700 acres of Federal potash permit applications, the company said in a statement. 

Silver Lakes buys Alberta potash property

By: Matthew Hill TSX V-listed Silver Lake Resources has agreed to buy Pacific Canada Potash, which owns prospects in Alberta, for four-million shares and $525 000 in cash, it announced on Thursday. On closing the deal, Silver Lake will change its name to Pacific Potash Corporation, it said. 

Commodity prices to climb for another 5-10 years, says Bharti

By: Matthew Hill The gold price will reach $2 000/oz by the end of next year, Toronto-based Forbes & Manhattan CEO Stan Bharti predicted on Monday. He said the broader commodities bull cycle would last another five to ten years before seeing a major correction, as investors discarded financial assets for hard... 

Much higher prices needed for profitable new potash mines - Mosaic CEO

By: Matthew Hill Potash prices will need to nearly double from current levels to justify building brand new mines, Mosaic CEO James Prokopanko said on Thursday. “On the greenfield side, I just don’t see projects being justified as yet,” he said on the company’s third-quarter results call. 

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