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Zielitz mine

One of the world's largest and most modern potash mines near Magdeburg

The Zielitz potash mine in Saxony-Anhalt is the largest individual K+S mine and, in terms of annual output, is one of the largest and most modern potash mines in the world. Potassium-containing crude salts are extracted here for the production of fertilizers, products for industrial applications as well as products for the feed and food industries.

Potash mine Zielitz K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH
Farsleber Str. 1
39326 Zielitz
Underground Recovery Plant Zielitz
Farsleber Str. 1
39326 Zielitz
Underground Waste Disposal Plant Zielitz
Farsleber Str. 1
39326 Zielitz

After the political change in 1989, the plant was privatized and has belonged to the K+S Group since the potash merger at the end of 1993 - the merger of the East and West German potash industries.

Due to its diverse product range, Zielitz is an important production location for K+S. The rich deposits are among the most valuable in Germany because of their high potassium chloride content and their thickness.

The crude salt extraction of about 12 million tonnes per year accounts for about 30 percent of the total production of K+S.

Every year, about 2 million tonnes of saleable end products are produced from the raw material in Zielitz, i.e. potash fertilizers (60 potassium chloride), potassium chloride 99% for industrial applications and products in food (KaliSel) and feed quality (KaSa K99®), which are shipped worldwide. The Zielitz potash mine generates considerable added value as a result.

Partner of the region

The Zielitz potash plant currently employs about 1,800 people, making it one of the largest and most important employers in the region. Approximately 120 trainees are trained at the plant to become specialists and supervisors. This corresponds to a training ratio of just under 7 percent.

As a partner of the region, the plant regularly places orders for supplies and services with companies in the surrounding area and provides the economic basis for a large number of regional jobs. Potash production brings stable added value to the region and makes the mine an important partner for the surrounding communities and their population. The location's social commitment applies to social institutions, associations and clubs in the region, with a focus on promoting regional sports for young people.

Fact sheet

The Zielitz mine at a glance

Founding year: 1968
Type of location: Production
Crude salt extraction: approx. 12 million t/a (41,000 t/d is equivalent to 25 freight trains)
Capacity / Production: Capacity / Production: approx. 2 million t/a Goods (of which 350k t products fro industrial application and feed and food industry)
Employees: 1,800 total workforce
Training quota: approx. 7% (approx. 120 trainees in 6 occupations)
approx. 650 above ground
approx. 1,150 underground
Working at K+S

One employer – many possibilities

Ein Arbeitgeber viele Möglichkeiten

Discover attractive and varied job offers at K+S and get to know us as an employer. In motivated teams, you will have the opportunity to contribute your knowledge, strengths and ideas in a targeted way. In addition, we offer you attractive social benefits, extensive development opportunities, company health management, and much more.

We are looking forward to getting to know you!


Schüler & Abiturienten

High school students

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Werkleiter Zielitz Dr. Holger Hoppe

Plant manager:
Dr. Holger Hoppe

  • Since 2017: Plant manager, Zielitz potash plant
  • Previously: Head of Production and Technology above ground, Zielitz potash plant
  • Head of Production, Compo plant Krefeld
  • Head of Production Planning and Supply Chain, Compo expert Münster
  • Head of Laboratory and Production Assistant REKAL, Sigmundshall potash plant
  • Factory operations assistant, Werra potash plant

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Dates & events

This is what's going on around the potash plant

Dec. 4, 2019 – Barbara celebration

June 7, 2020 – Open house at the Zielitz potash plant

Location history

The history of the Zielitz potash plant

1960 – Start of the drilling program for the exploration of the potash deposit "Scholle von Calvörde".

1963 – Decision to build the potash plant

1964 – Symbolic ground-breaking ceremony as official start of construction

1968 – Foundation of the VEB Zielitz potash plant

1969 – Start of crude salt mining, expansion of underground infrastructure

1973 – Start of potash production in continuous operation

1975 – First use of a load transport vehicle (LTF) S 10000, with a transportation quantity of 10 tonnes

1976 – Introduction of the mine radio system

1989 – Production of the 100 millionth tonne of crude salt

1990 – German reunification and foundation of Zielitzer Kali AG

1991 – Integration of the location into Mitteldeutsche Kali AG (MdK)

1993 – The Zielitz plant becomes a part of the new Kali und Salz GmbH, Kassel, with the merger of the East and West German potash industries.

1995 – Start of the underground disposal location

1996 – Commissioning of the hot-leach facility

2001 – Production of the 200 millionth ton of crude salt

2008 – Start of underground reutilization

2009 – Commissioning of the KCl-food-grade facility for the production of potassium chloride in food quality

2010 – Production of the 300 millionth tonne of crude salt

2014 – Commissioning of the plant for the production of high purity compacted potassium chloride - KCl 99 compacted


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Thorsten Kowalowka
K+S Aktiengesellschaft Zielitz mine
Thorsten Kowalowka
Kimberly Kühne
K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH Zielitz mine
Kimberly Kühne
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