Nutrien to shut down Rocanville mine due to CN strike

Mosaic vice-president tells the World-Spectatator they are also watching the CN situation closely

November 25, 2019, 11:39 am

Nutrien Rocanville mine is the largest potash mine in Nutrien's system. It will be shut down for two weeks starting December 2 because of the CN Rail Strike.

Nutrien announced Monday, November 25 that it will be forced to curtail production at its largest potash mine, Rocanville, due to the CN rail strike.

Employee notices were sent out today indicating the mine will be shut down for two weeks starting on December 2.

“It is extremely disappointing that in a year when the agricultural sector has been severely impacted by poor weather and trade disputes, the CN strike will add further hardship to the Canadian agriculture industry,” said Chuck Magro, Nutrien’s President and CEO.

“Any further disruption will be harmful to our business, the Canadian economy, and Canada’s competitive position and reputation as a reliable supplier of fertilizer and food. However, most concerning is the impact on our hundreds of employees for whom this creates great uncertainty and hardship leading up to the holiday season,” added Magro.

Mosaic told the World-Spectator Monday morning they are also watching the CN situation closely.

"Through Canpotex, Mosaic relies heavily on CN rail to move potash to Neptune in Vancouver, and we’re concerned about any disruption to our shipments, especially after a very challenging 2019," Sarah Fedorchuk, Mosaic's Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations, told the World-Spectator Monday morning.

"We continue to watch our inventory levels but since Esterhazy is in a vacation outage and Colonsay is already idled, we are hopeful that we can manage production levels.

"We hope to see a speedy negotiated settlement. Now that we are in a strike, we expect the Government of Canada to act quickly to protect Canada’s potash exports."