How it all happens

Understand our operation and learn where we operate.

What we do

Today, 95% of potash consumed in Brazil to grow food, is imported.We want to reduce this dependence by being a key supplier to the agricultural sector.

The majority of potash used in Brazil comes from the mines that are up to 20,000 kilometres away in Canada, Russia, Germany and Israel.As our potash deposits of Autazes, Itacoatiara and Itapiranga lies inside Brazil, just a few kilometres from majors rivers in the country, the transport distance will be substantially reduced. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions, resulting from the transport of product will be significantly lower.

Brazilian produced potash may reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 65%, compared to potash produced and shipped from Saskatchewan, Canada, which currently accounts for 32% of all potash consumed in Brazil.

Potash from Canada travels along railways and on ships and trucks to its final destination in Brazil, emitting roughly 508Kton of CO2 per year.

For just the Autazes deposit, at a production rate of 2.4 million tonnes per year, potash produced that displaces Canadian potash, will result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to planting 32 million new trees.

From the earth to the earth

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Research

Over the course of eight years we conducted intensive market research to understand the market and the region in which we operate. We sought to identify not only the potash deposits, the particularities of the business and the demand in Brazil for this ore, but also to understand the characteristics of the communities and of the region around the Autazes project.

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Extraction

In the project area potash is found in a rock called sylvinite, which lies at a depth of 800 metres. This rock is composed of potash chloride and sodium chloride (table salt) and was formed by the evaporation of seas thousands of years ago. Underground galleries will be opened up to reach the sylvinite and extract the material.

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Beneficiation

Sylvinite extracted from underground is taken to the surface and crushed. The crushed material is treated with heated water, to dissolve the potash chloride that is in the sylvinite. This water is later cooled, which makes the salt return to a solid form and separate from the water. The potash chloride obtained from this process will be used in fertilizer.

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Nutrients

Fertilizers produced using potash enrich the soil, making crops more resistant to pests and helping to improve the quality of the harvests.

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Food

Agriculture prospers and food arrives on your table enriched by this mineral, which is essential to human health.

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Reuse

The sodium chloride, which is found together with the potash in the rock, can also be sold, increasing the utilization of the material extracted. The material that is not used is stored and will be used later to fill and close the underground galleries.

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The Autazes Project

The installation and construction phase is expected to last 4 and a half years.

Autazes is a municipality with just over 37,000 inhabitants and limited infrastructure. According to data from the IBGE, the majority of residents do not have access to adequate basic sanitation and suffer from failures in the electricity network. In roughly 50% of the households the per person income is equal to half the Brazilian minimum monthly salary by law.

Brazil Potash will create approximately 1,200 direct jobs during the installation phase and 1,500 during the operations phase. Each direct job will create four additional indirect jobs.

The municipality will benefit from an increase in tax revenues and will have more funds that can be invested in schools, water quality, roads and healthcare services.

The Autazes deposit is capable of providing, between 20% and 30% of the potash Brazil needs every year, for the next 30 years.

Potash

Potash is an essential element for the growth of plants. When there is a lack of potash in the soil, plants are less resistant to changes in the weather and pests. The quality of harvests is also compromised by weak stems, smaller grains and irregular shapes.

Brazilian soil is poor in potash and that’s why it’s necessary to add in the form of fertilizer.

Our health also depends on potash. A lack of this element in the human body can lead to cramps, growth problems, respiratory problems, strokes and even a slow heartbeat.

Where we are

Brazil Potash’s technical headquarters are located in Autazes, where the mineral deposit lies, 120 kilometres from Manaus in the state of Amazonas.

The project area is mainly pasture land which is used for cattle farming. In addition to the underground mine, an industrial plant to treat the ore will be built, along with a port for loading the material, and the road linking the plant to the port will be expanded.

Brazil Potash’s administrative headquarters are in Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais. The city benefits from the many mining sector companies, service providers and specialists found there.

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Specialists involved in the environmental studies for the Autazes project identified 10 potentially new species when they were cataloguing the animals that live in the surrounding area?

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In the project region there are rocks that are between 250 and 300 million years old, which means that they were there when dinosaurs appeared on the planet?

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The potash reserves are the result of the evaporation of ancient seas?

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Studies have been conducted to identify archeological sites in the area around the enterprise? The analysis of these sites may help to understand the history of the region.

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Potash is the seventh most abundant chemical element in the Earth’s crust and it is represented by the letter K in the periodic table?

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Potash is the second lightest chemical element in nature?

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Despite the importance of potash to the human body, it should never be consumed in its pure state. To stay healthy you should eat foods that contain potash, such as bananas, almonds, avocados, beets, cauliflower and walnuts.

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Diets rich in potash are good for people who suffer from hypertension because potash lowers blood pressure?

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Potash carbonate is used to make special types of glass?

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Potash hydroxide is used in the production of liquid soaps and detergents?

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There is no known substitute for potash?

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