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South Harz appoints leading industry specialists and commences Ohmgebirge Potash Project PFS

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South Harz Potash Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has appointed its specialist team to deliver the PFS for its 100%-owned Ohmgebirge potash development project in Thuringia, Germany.

Hatch is a recognised leader in the development and implementation of potash projects globally and has worked on projects in Europe, North America and beyond. ERCOSPLAN and K-UTEC have a long tradition in the development of potash projects in many parts of the world, and both are particularly experienced in the Thuringian “hartsalz” typical of the region. Micon will continue to provide geological support and will be responsible for the Mineral Resource Estimate.

The PFS is set to further refine the engineering, design and cost estimates (to +/-20%) for the Ohmgebirge Development, following the Scoping Study completed in August 2022. Key workstreams have already commenced with overall PFS completion scheduled for January 2024.

South Harz Chief Operating Officer, Lawrence Berthelet, commented: “We are very pleased to be working with global industry leaders, Hatch, and premier German mine and process engineering teams, ERCOSPLAN and K-UTEC, to advance our flagship Ohmgebirge Development. Coupled with our geology partner, Micon, the external team will deploy its experience alongside our Owner’s Team to advance the project through the PFS workstreams and will provide essential support to the Environmental Impact Assessment and permitting processes announced earlier this month.”

The team will be under the in-house leadership of South Harz Chief Operating Officer, Lawrence Berthelet, with key PFS specialist discipline engineering responsibilities to include:

Hatch Ltd, the leading global engineering, project management and professional services firm as:

  • Lead consultant and study manager (external), with Owner’s Engineer responsibility.
  • Infrastructure engineering and design, including all energy trade-off studies.
  • Capital and operating cost estimates

ERCOSPLAN, specialist engineering consultant responsible for:

  • Mine planning, geological risk assessment, geotechnical modelling, shaft hoisting and underground backfill technology engineering.

K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies, globally active partner for process engineering with responsibility for:

  • Process flowsheet design, backfill technical and constituent engineering.

Micon International Co Ltd, a recognised mining consultancy firm providing independent professional advice to mining companies provides continuity in:

  • Geological modelling, Competent Person and Mineral Resource update provision.

Read the article online at: https://www.worldfertilizer.com/potash/14022023/south-harz-appoints-leading-industry-specialists-and-commences-ohmgebirge-potash-project-pfs/

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