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MoU signed for barge loading operations for Mackay potash project

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Agrimin Ltd has signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Transhipment Services Australia Pty Ltd (TSA) for the provision of barge loading services for the Mackay potash project in Western Australia.

TSA has been appointed to develop a cost-effective and fit-for-purpose shiploading solution which will be fully integrated with Agrimin’s planned Wyndham Port Facility.

Barge loading is expected to provide Agrimin with several benefits, including:

  • The construction and operation of a bespoke bulk shiploading solution that is specifically tailored to potash production from the Mackay potash project;
  • Facilitating the export of a range of cargo sizes of potash via bulk carrier ships of up to Ultramax in size (62 000 DWT);
  • Flexibility to adjust production tonnages based on customer demands for the company’s range of potash products; and
  • De-risking of the company’s future shiploading operations in Wyndham by using a proven method and experienced contractor.

TSA’s management team previously provided barge loading operations at the Ridges Iron Ore Project in Wyndham, successfully loading 119 bulk carrier ships to export iron ore to China. The Ridges Iron Ore Project was exporting approximately 1.5 million tpy from Wyndham using barge loading. Agrimin and TSA plan to develop a similar barge loading facility to support the large-scale production of chloride-free potash from the Mackay potash project.

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