One of Canada’s most important mining exports is potash – a blend of salts found deep below the ground. Canadian mining companies — especially in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick — are the world’s largest producers of potash.
As the world’s demand for food increases, so does the need for nutrient-rich potash used to make fertilizer. Once the potash is mined, it must be stored before it can be shipped to farms around the world. Fabric structures are the best for storing potash.
Caustic potash is safely stored in a fabric structure without causing rust and corrosion. Architectural fabric resists corrosion, no matter the exposure to potash dust. Adding an interior fabric liner keeps all steel elements out of contact with the potash crystals, prolonging the life of the building.
Inside a fabric storage structure is a dry environment. Fabric is a climate-responsive building material, better holding the inside temperature. When properly ventilated, fabric structures will sweat less than more conductive building materials such as steel. A dry building is critically important for potash storage – if powdery potash gets wet, it becomes a solid, unusable block.
Engineered fabric structures are designed to withstand any weather conditions, including the heavy snow and strong winds common in Canadian mining regions. A safe bulk storage structure makes mining operations efficient and reliable.
Custom fabric structures are also designed to meet any project specifications, including clear span widths over 300 feet wide by any length. Mining products and operations have plenty of room to maneuver inside a fabric storage building.
“A fabric potash storage building, whether two to 15 football fields in size, will beat conventional construction schedules yet be designed to take on all elements,” said Jim Kumpula, general manager of Legacy Building Solutions Canada. “Potash storage in a fabric building compresses the construction schedule, saving time and costs.”
Another advantage of fabric structures for potash storage is that they are constructed more quickly than traditional buildings, allowing for quicker occupation and profit.
While a mine in Canada, or anywhere worldwide, may not seem like a critical part of the food chain, storing the bulk potash used to make fertilizer helps to feed everyone. Fabric structures for bulk potash and fertilizer storage increase efficiency and safety for workers and consumers alike.