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Wirtgen to supply Beyondie SOP project with salt milling machine

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World Fertilizer,

Kalium Lakes Ltd has selected a Wirtgen W 220 Large Milling Machine to harvest the hardened potassium salts from the evaporation ponds at the Beyondie sulfate of potash project (BSOPP). The contract for this equipment falls within the facility guaranteed by the German Government export credit agency, Euler Hermes.

The specially equipped Wirtgen W220 large milling machine is ideally suited to the task of milling the very hard potassium salts that form in the evaporation ponds, ensuring the milled material can be “harvested” to Kalium Lakes’ specified grain size and then transported to the nearby purification plant for processing.

The Wirtgen W220 will be fitted with the Wirtgen Operator Comfort System (OCS) which is a fully enclosed cabin with climate control and the ability to hydraulically move the cabin entirely from the left side of the machine to the right to provide visibility to the operator during machine operation.

Kalium Lakes’ Chief Development Officer, Rudolph van Niekerk, commented: “We invested a considerable amount of time carefully assessing the best machine for this specialised activity and the proven reliability that comes with Wirtgen having operated at other salt projects around the world was the key factor in the final assessment.

“Kalium Lakes will now work closely with the Wirtgen Australia Pty Ltd team to configure this machine for the technical requirements at our Beyondie Sulphate of Potash Project. We operated a similar milling machine during the 10-hectare pilot scale and harvesting trials in 2018, so we have a very good understanding of what we need the machine to do,” he said.

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