In 1992 there were only two commercial potash solution mining plants that had been specifically designed for that operation, and each appeared to be using single wells for injection and brine recovery. The oldest was the Kalium mine producing potassium chloride near Belle Plaine and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. A more recent operation near Veedan, Netherlands solution mines carnallite to produce magnesium chloride (and has the possibility of recovering by-product potash) for Billiton, a Shell subsidiary. Two others, Texasgulf at Moab, Utah and PCA at Saskatoon, Canada operate flooded potash mines, while the brine operation at Trona, California uses an indirect solution mining procedure that is specific to their ore body (see the discussion of Searles Lake in the chapter on brines). These operations are reviewed in the following section. For greater detail on the general subject of soluble salt solution mining the reader is referred to the book by Garrett (1992).
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PhD Donald E. Garrett
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