The Beyondie Sulfate of Potash Project involves the production of sulfate of potash (SOP) plus supporting infrastructure, in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) investment will help finance the development of the Beyondie Sulfate of Potash Project involving sulfate of potash (SOP), with initial production of 90 ktpy SOP plus supporting infrastructure comprising:
- A 78 km gas pipeline
- A gas-fired power station
- Upgrades to an unsealed road connecting the project site to the Great Northern Highway
- Communication facilities
- An airstrip
- An village that can provide accommodation for over 120 people
SOP is a high-yield, premium fertilizer which will be sold in both domestic and international markets. SOP is used to cultivate fruits, vegetables, berries, potatoes, beans, cocoa, tobacco and tree nuts. Given there is currently no SOP production in Australia, this will create a new domestic industry.
NAIF’s long tenor and concessional terms will allow Kalium Lakes to bring forward the construction of the 78 km lateral gas pipeline to connect to the Goldfields Gas Pipeline and the on-site gas fuelled power station into phase one of the project.
Indigenous engagement and outcomes
All NAIF project proponents must develop a satisfactory Indigenous Engagement Strategy (IES). As part of this strategy, Kalium Lakes will assist Indigenous applicants throughout recruitment processes and provide on the job training and mentoring.
The company is promoting the use of traditional owner businesses, including by actively identifying traditional owner businesses and inviting them to supply goods and services. It will also preference contractors with effective indigenous employment policies and programs as part of their procurement processes. The project will upgrade the mine road improving traditional owner access to country with Kalium Lakes providing ongoing support for cultural heritage and land management activities.
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