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Kalium Lakes accelerating Beyondie project work

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Kalium Lakes has said it is accelerating the Beyondie sulfate of potash project's works programme and will mobilise various contractors in the coming weeks.

Kalium Lakes accelerating Beyondie project work

Work that will be carried out includes:

  • the pond construction earthworks.
  • an 80 km gas pipeline installation (pictured).
  • purification plant EPC works.
  • residual workshop, village and administration facilities construction.
  • final equipping and pipeline connection of sunshine bores and trench network.

Equipment fabrication and supply is on track with the first shipment of German equipment to depart Hamburg this month. Other equipment supply (boiler, chiller, cooling tower, stacker, vibrating feeder) have or are due to be shipped to Perth in the near future.

Recent delays have provided the opportunity for the company to build its brine inventory which is expected to mitigate the risk of insufficient salts due to an additional six months of brine production. During the past three months brine extraction from the production bores and trenches have continued to meet expectations with a total brine volume pumped to date of 1.25GL at a grade of 19.8 kg/m3 sulfate of potash (SOP) which is equivalent to approximately 27 000 t of SOP entering the evaporation circuit in solution. Production has been solely from 10 Mile, with Sunshine due to come online in July after completion and lining of the pre-concentrator pond. This is anticipated to double daily SOP brine extraction.

10 Mile and Sunshine Resource update works, based on positive drilling results, continue to be evaluated with results to be released in the coming months. Both areas are strategically located within or next to existing granted Mining Leases, purification facilities and infrastructure, allowing future potential to extend the trench and bore network for brine extraction at the project.

Kalium Lakes’ current debt facilities remain available and drawdowns have recommenced as a result of the successful completion of a AUS$48.8 million Placement and Institutional Entitlement Offer.

Managing Director, Brett Hazelden, commented: “With the institutional component of equity raise completed and the retail entitlement component due to close early next week, we are now able to concentrate on accelerating construction and operations works at the Beyondie SOP project.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank our staff, partners and contractors for remaining resilient during the past few months. We have come out of the delay much stronger, focused and fully aligned to achieve completion of the BSOPP which will then contribute to a growing Australian SOP market, 100% of which is currently imported from overseas, for the important agriculture sector,” he said.

Image courtesy of Kalium Lakes

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