Brazil Potash’s ─ Autazes Potash Project will Reshape Global Potash Mining Industry

The global potash mining industry is on the cusp of a significant transformation, driven by the increasing demand for potash in agriculture and other sectors. With a market size projected to reach USD 18.5 billion by 2028, the industry is witnessing substantial growth.

In the middle of all of it, two projects – the Jansen project in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the Autazes Potash Project in Brazil – are going to reshape the global potash mining industry.

The Autazes Potash Project ─ Brazil’s Path to Self-Sufficiency

Brazil Potash, a Canadian potash mining company, is spearheading the Autazes Potash Project in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. This $2.5 billion project aims to produce 2 million tonnes of potash per year, with the goal of doubling Brazil’s potash output and achieving self-sufficiency in potash production. Brazil currently imports 98% of its potash, despite sitting on one of the world’s largest potash reserves, making this project a major change for the country.

In a recent development for the Autazes Potash Project, Brazil Potash was granted the installation license by Governor Wilson Lima on April 8, 2024. This marked a major milestone for the project, after 15 years of development, and unlocks the process for constructing the mine infrastructure.


The three-year license authorizes the construction of administrative buildings, functional areas, and even the 800-meter deep underground mines that will utilize high-technology extraction methods. This development is expected to create a significant number of jobs, with 2,600 positions anticipated during the installation phase alone.

The Autazes project is expected to start production in 2025, ramping up to full capacity by 2026. Brazil Potash has already signed a binding offtake agreement with a major global fertilizer company, securing sales for the first 10 years of production. The project’s focus on sustainability is evident in its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to conventional mining methods and its plans to use renewable energy sources.

The Autazes project’s location in the Amazonas region is also important to the company, as it holds substantial estimated potash reserves that can contribute to Brazil’s position as the world’s third-largest potassium reserve after Canada and Russia.

By tapping into these reserves, the project will reduce Brazil’s reliance on imports and generate cost savings. The project is expected to employ 1,180 workers initially, primarily from the local Autazes area, contributing to local employment and skill development.


The company has already secured a $150 million investment from the Brazilian Development Bank and is engaging with local stakeholders to address their concerns. The company’s commitment to responsible waste management, minimal environmental impact through underground mining methods, and alignment with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals have made it a highlight for the Brazilian government.

The Jansen Project

The Jansen potash project, owned by BHP Group Ltd., is another important project with an investment of CAD$14 billion, it is the largest mining investment in the province’s history. The project is expected to produce approximately 8.5 million tonnes of potash annually once fully operational, positioning it as one of the top five producers globally by volume.

Currently in the construction phase, the first stage of the Jansen project is expected to commence production in 2026. BHP has approved an additional $6.4 billion for stage two, which is projected to double the mine’s production capacity to 8.5 million tonnes per year by 2029.

Why the Market Needs Mega Potash Projects


The Jansen and Autazes potash projects are extremely important for the global potash market and their respective countries. These projects will contribute to global potash production, addressing the increasing demand for potash in agriculture and other industries. The Jansen project alone is expected to produce 8.5 million tonnes of potash annually, while the Autazes project aims to produce 2.4 million tonnes.

These projects will enhance supply diversity in the potash market, reducing Brazil’s dependence on imports from Canada and Russia. By supplying a significant portion of Brazil’s potash needs, the Autazes project will lead to cost savings and increased self-sufficiency for the country.

The economic impact of these projects cannot be overlooked either. The Jansen project, with its CAD$14 billion investment, will generate billions of dollars in royalties and contribute to the local and national economy. Similarly, the Autazes Potash Project, with a production lifespan of 23 years and an annual output of 2.2 million tons, is expected to boost local employment and skill development, benefiting the regional economy.


The potash mining industry is about to see the start of two very important large-scale projects that will reshape the global potash market, enhance supply diversity, promote technological innovation, and drive economic development in their respective regions.

As these projects come online, they will play a vital role in meeting the growing demand for potash, ensuring global food security, and contributing to agricultural sustainability. Their successful implementation benefits their countries and has implications for the global potash market and the agricultural sector as a whole.

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