Submitted by Port of Grays Harbor

BHP, a leading global resources company, will be holding a public open house to inform the community and interested parties about a potential potash export facility at the Port of Grays Harbor’s Terminal 3 in west Hoquiam.

Port of Grays Harbor BHP Open House
The BHP Open House will allow attendees to ask questions about the potential potash export facility at the Port of Grays Harbor’s Terminal 3. Photo courtesy: Port of Grays Harbor

Potash, or potassium chloride (KCI), is a naturally occurring mineral and is a key ingredient in agricultural and garden fertilizers.  The world’s largest known reserves of potash are located in Saskatchewan Canada, where BHP is developing the Jansen Potash Project to supply potash to emerging markets such as China, India and Southeast Asia where economic growth is driving increased agricultural production.

The open house event will be held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the Hoquiam High School Commons, 501 W Emerson Avenue, Hoquiam, WA, on Thursday, September 14th, with an overview presentation beginning at 5:30pm.  Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity for questions and discussions at various stations with BHP representatives.

“Economic development and stimulating international trade are two of the Port of Grays Harbor’s top priorities and this project would bring significant economic opportunity to our community, resulting in private investment and job creation,” reports Port Commissioner Stan Pinnick.  “This open house is a chance for the public to learn more about potash, the proposed export facility at Terminal 3 and the potential economic impacts from company officials.  We encourage everyone interested in the project to join us in learning the facts and exploring this opportunity.”

BHP is a leading resources company with a global footprint built around 11 core operating assets in Iron Ore, Copper, Petroleum and Coal, with Potash as a potential fifth business.  We are driven by Our Charter of Core values of Sustainability (putting health and safety first, being environmentally responsible and supporting our communities), Integrity (doing what is right and doing what we say we will do), Respect (embracing openness, trust, teamwork, diversity and relationships that are mutually beneficial), Performance (Achieving superior business results by stretching our capabilities), Simplicity (Focusing our efforts on the things that matter most) and Accountability (Defining and accepting responsibility and delivering on our commitments). We have a unique perspective on the extraordinary potential of natural resources and the role our products contribute to advance the essential building blocks of progress.

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean.  The Port of Grays Harbor operates four deepwater marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and numerous industrial and business parks throughout the region.  The addition of Satsop Business Park increases the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,300 acres of sustainably    managed forestland.   Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at the Port of Grays Harbor website.

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