Saskatchewan is host to a large mining industry. The province is the world's largest producer of potash (8.5 million tonnes per year or 35% of world demand) and uranium (10.8 million kg per year or 30% of the world's production). In Canada, it is also the third largest producer of coal (11.6 million tonnes per year and reserves of 30 billion tonnes). There are also deposits of precious and base metals, diamonds, clay, bentonite, silica sand, salt, potassium sulphate, sodium sulphate, copper/zinc, and peat. The discovery of kimberlite pipes and diamonds in Saskatchewan has led to extensive exploration and drilling by more than 30 companies.

Key drivers for increased activity in this sector in Saskatchewan over the next few years include $32.6B in major uranium and potash developments (uranium projects valued at $4.5B include Midwest, Cigar Lake, Legacy, Millennium and McClean Lake and potash developments and expansions of $28B include the Vanscoy, Jansen, Bethune, Belle Plaine, Esterhazy, Colonsay, Milestone, Rocanville, Wynyard and Allan projects).

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The Utilities industry consists of businesses that provide electricity, natural gas, steam supply, water supply and sewage removal services.

Saskatchewan is one of the fastest growing provinces in the country with an estimated 1.125 million people as of July 1, 2014. Our power stations, gas delivery systems, and water and sewer treatment facilities have to keep up with this demand, resulting in growth in this sector.

For 2013-2017, major investments that are planned or underway in Saskatchewan in this sector include a $1.24B carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam power station plant, a $700M power plant in the North Battleford area, a $150M biomass generator power plant in Meadow Lake, and a $120M Saskatchewan/Alberta tie line in Lloydminster.

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Processing & Manufacturing

The Manufacturing industry consists of several sub-industries with businesses engaged in the mechanical, physical or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products.

For 2013-2017, major projects planned or underway in the processing and manufacturing sector in Saskatchewan include a $300M conversion of a pulp mill to a dissolving pulp mill in Prince Albert, development of a $593M carnallite mine and processing facility in Wynyard, and a $225M mineral processing plant in Corman Park.

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Oil & Gas

Saskatchewan's oil production is second only to Alberta among Canadian provinces, and provides about 20% of all Canadian production.

Activity in Saskatchewan in this sector over the next few years can be attributed to nearly $5.2B in announced investments in the oil, gas & pipeline industry, and drilling valued at $3.8B (concentrated in the main production areas of Estevan, Kindersley, Lloydminster, and Swift Current).

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Research & Education

Being the home of the Saskatchewan Research Council, the Canadian Light Source and the Cyclotron, Saskatchewan has world class research and education facilities that continue to grow and develop, continually adding new equipment and pushing the envelope of research in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and technology commercialization. With more than 350 employees, $59 million in annual revenue and over 67 years of RD&D experience, SRC provides services and products to its 1,400 clients in Saskatchewan, Canada and around the world.

A synchrotron is a source of brilliant light that enables scientists to study the microstructure and chemical properties of materials. This tool can be used to probe matter and analyze a host of physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes.

A cyclotron uses electricity and magnetic fields to accelerate protons (subatomic particles) to extremely high speeds. These protons can be steered so that they collide with targets to produce radioactive isotopes (radioisotopes), which are essential for many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in human and animal health.

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