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South Harz Potash Limited extracts sample from Bernterode area

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World Fertilizer,

South Harz Potash Limited has extracted a 5 t bulk sample from the historic Bernterode area which adjoins its 100%-owned flagship Ohmgebirge Potash development in Thuringia, Germany.

The bulk sample was extracted at approximately 790 – 800m depth via access through the Bernterode shaft. The extraction area is located approximately 700 m from the Ohmgebirge tenement boundary. The Hartsalz potash seam from which the sample was extracted is contiguous with the Ohmgebirge deposit.

Testwork on the sample is now set to be carried out by industry leader K-UTEC, at its local Sondershausen laboratory in the South Harz mining district, and to report back by end of July. This testwork is planned to include grind size optimisation for leach recovery and backfill material design and engineering.

The ability to obtain such a valuable, large-scale mineralisation sample is a direct function of the neighbouring Bernterode shaft underground infrastructure being in excellent geotechnical condition and solely used by owner, NDHE/Deusa, to backfill waste. South Harz is very grateful for the ongoing support of NDHE/Deusa, and its experienced mining staff, for the Ohmgebirge development. This cooperation provides South Harz with the potential to obtain additional bulk samples from Bernterode for further bench and pilot process testing, which will be evaluated once the test work results are confirmed on an as needs basis.

South Harz Managing Director and CEO, Luis da Silva, commented: “This access, and bulk sampling capability, delivers multiple routes to significantly de-risk the Ohmgebirge development in a way that is simply not achievable for the typical greenfield mining project. In short, it is delivering substantial benefits for South Harz right now, and into the future. My gratitude is extended to our neighbours, NDHE/Deusa, for allowing us to access the continuation of our Ohmgebirge deposit at depth from their facility. Their support for our Ohmgebirge development has been consistent and strong.”

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