SASKATOON, SASK.- The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) opened a new facility in Saskatoon consolidating its mining and minerals operation earlier this month.
In June 2020 the provincial government and SRC announced $15 million in funding for the 18 month construction project. The facility houses 90 employees working in SRC’s geoanalytical laboratories, mineral processing and development engineering and manufacturing groups.
“SRC has worked with the mining and minerals industries in Saskatchewan, across Canada and worldwide for 75 years. By helping its clients, SRC strengthens the Saskatchewan economy with growth, quality jobs and a secure environment,” said Saskatchewan’s Minister Responsible for SRC Jeremy Harrison in a statement.
The new location was funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and is part of its $7.5 billion two-year capital plan.
“The consolidation into a fit-for-purpose building allows SRC to optimize and expand expertise and capabilities as we move into driving new technology and innovation to support the mining and minerals industry. This will in turn allow mining companies to produce more ore with less waste, reduced energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions – developments which will be essential to ensuring the long-term sustainability of Saskatchewan’s mineral resources,” SCR president and CEO Mike Crabtree said.
SRC is Canada’s second largest research and technology organization with 350 employees, $137 million in annual revenue and provides services and products to its 1,500 clients in 27 countries around the world, a Government of Saskatchewan release stated.