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Agrimin and Aalborg sign heating agreement

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Agrimin Ltd has announced that it has signed an agreement with Danish renewable energy specialist Aalborg CSP A/S. Pursuant to the agreement, Aalborg CSP will design and deliver a solar heating system for Agrimin’s 100% owned Mackay Sulphate of Potash (SOP) Project in Western Australia. The parties have agreed to an exclusive partnership for the application of solar technologies to the production of SOP in Australia.

Agrimin’s 2016 Scoping Study determined that approximately 70% of the Mackay SOP Project’s overall energy requirements are related to heating water to 55°C in the SOP process plant. The Scoping Study contemplated the application of gas-fired water heaters and long-term energy being supplied via a planned gas pipeline to the Project site. Subsequent to the Scoping Study, solar energy options have been explored given their compatibility with water heating.

As part of the investigation, Aalborg CSP completed a scoping study for a solar heating system consisting of proven commercial technologies operating in the district heating industry in Northern Europe, where cities rely on the solution as one of the primary sources of heating. This study included system specifications, quotations, flow charts and performance forecasts. Based on the positive outcomes, Agrimin will further evaluate this system during its current Pre-Feasibility Study.

Mark Savich, CEO of Agrimin, commented: “The investigation of renewable energy options has been a key focus since the completion of our Scoping Study last year. Agrimin’s water heating needs are well suited to the use of solar thermal energy and the Company should benefit in the long-term from a low dependency on fossil fuels.”

“We are excited to have this opportunity to work with Aalborg CSP and draw on a broad range of experiences from the European heat and power industry. Moreover, Aalborg CSP has demonstrated its capacity to design and deliver major industrial energy systems in Australia with the commissioning of the Sundrop Farms horticulture project in Port Augusta.”

The residual 30% of the Mackay SOP Project’s estimated energy requirements are related to 8MW of electric power to run the SOP process plant and site infrastructure. Various renewable and non-renewable options are still under consideration for this electricity generation.

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