On 7th July 2017, Deilmann-Haniel GmbH, Dortmund/Germany, entered into a contract with the Belarusian company Slavkaliy to build a new potash mine. The mine is planned to produce 2 mt/a of potassium salt and will be built in the Belarusian potash district, approximately 200 km south of the capital city of Minsk.
The commission involves drilling two shafts approximately 700 m deep with the aid of the ground freezing method, as well as creating numerous underground drifts for accessing the mineral deposit. The commission is worth over 200 m € and the building work will take just under five years to complete. The shafts will be drilled using the mechanised SBR (Shaft Boring Roadheader) system developed by Herrenknecht AG. It will be the first time that this system has ever been used in Europe. A total of around 250 workers will be working on the site, where the key works will be carried out by Deilmann-Haniel staff from Germany and Russia. Another 200 or so Belarusian workers will be recruited on site.
Deilmann-Haniel GmbH has been ope-rating as a specialist company for mining both within Germany and internationally for nearly 130 years. The company is a member of the Canadian Redpath Group and has subsidiaries on all five continents, making it one of the world’s leading businesses in the field of building work and special work for the mining industry. This major new order constitutes the next step in the successful implementation of the company’s growth strategy on the international mining markets. Furthermore, a similar shaft building project that Deilmann-Haniel has been carrying out in the Russian potash district in the Urals since 2012 is about to be completed – right on schedule – thus ensuring the continuing of activities in the Russian-speaking region.