Hatch-CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award

For outstanding project safety systems, culture and performance

Origins & Conditions

Hatch-CIM considers the safe execution of a project to be of overriding importance and the assessment of each participant’s safety performance will be the criteria used for the final selection process. The Hatch-CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award will be presented to the team that best meets or exceeds the established criteria and will hold the award for one year. All information provided will be held in confidence.

The Hatch-CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award criteria and other information:

  1. Project owner or project team is an active CIM member
  2. Canadian owner/contractor team completing a single project geographically located in Canada within 2 years prior to the award application. Applications stand for 3 years.
  3. Inclusive of all Canadian mine and processing facilities in the metals, diamonds, industrial minerals, oil sands, and coal sectors.

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Bethune Mine (formerly the Legacy Project), K+S Potash Canada

K+S Potash Canada (KSPC), a subsidiary of German giant K+S Group, recently completed implementation of its $4.1B Bethune Mine (formerly the Legacy Project) in Saskatchewan, Canada. It is the first greenfield potash mine built in the province in more than 40 years.

As KSPC’s design and project management partner, Wood led an integrated execution team tasked with delivering all aspects of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for the solution mine and processing facility.

The work included the management of complex third party design-supply technology packages for key components of the plant where three different types of potash are produced. Total planned production is roughly 2.9 million tonnes per annum.

Over 23,000,000 man-hours were put into the project, with a site workforce that peaked above 3,000 people daily. Wood and KSPC worked in partnership on health, safety, security and environmental aspects of the project as it evolved from a pure greenfield site to a fully operational production facility. As a result, the project team achieved over 11 million hours without a lost-time injury.

On June 11, 2017, just under five years after the groundbreaking ceremony, the Bethune mine produced its first tonne of marketable potash.


DeBeers Canada, Gahcho Kué Mine

Gahcho Kué Mine also received the 2017 Viola R. MacMillan Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce 2016 Workplace Health & Safety Award and Gold at the 11th annual Project Management Institute’s awards gala in October 2016.