The Monument Potash Project is located predominantly in San Juan County in the southeastern portion of the state of Utah in the United States. It is the largest county in the state and is situated in the corner of the Arizona-Colorado-New Mexico state lines. San Juan County’s population in 2010 was 14,746 with roughly two residents per square mile.1
South East Utah is active with potash exploration and production. Located approximately 70 miles southeast of the Monument Potash Project is the Cane Creek solution mine2, which is owned and operated by Intrepid Potash Inc. It is the largest potash solution producer in the USA, and it is also one of the lowest cost potash mines in North America.
Potash producers, like Cane Creek, achieve low cost production by employing a solution mining process and leveraging the benefits of both the regional geology and climate. The combination of two natural factors, low humidity and year-round sun, is ideal for solar evaporation, typically followed by a flotation process to produce the final product.
Furthermore, the region contributes additional economic benefits to producers as transportation costs to market are low, given South East Utah is next door to, arguably, the world’s largest agricultural markets.
Source 1: US Census Bureau
Source 2: Intrepid Potash October 2012 Corporate Presentation