Francana Minerals

This mine was opened in 1921 by a company named Soda Lake Chemicals. Other operators included Sodium Corporation Ltd., and Natural Sodium Products Saskatchewan. All these companies acquired leases but did not resume production in 1954 so the site sat vacant. It reopened in 1965  under the name Sodium Sulphate (Saskatchewan) and Fracana Minerals became the owner in 1970. Francana experienced financial issues and shut down the operation. It sat vacant until the present owner Alsask-based Potassium Sulphate (Alsask) Inc, took over in 1997 to produce fertilizer by combing the ore with potash.

Sodium sulphate is found in multiple lakes around Saskatchewan. It is still actively mined today but there were two other abandoned mines in the province including a little one and Ormiston Mining.

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