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
Potassium is found at 800 meters depth. We are going to remove this material from the subsoil and treat it so that it becomes fertilizers that enrich the land and help improve the quality of what is harvested. Agriculture develops and food arrives at the table strengthened by a mineral that is essential for human health.
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 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.