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PWR Hybrid given Preferred Proponent status to build Lake Wells renewable microgrid

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Australian Potash has awarded PWR Hybrid Preferred Proponent status to build, own and operate the Lake Wells high renewable energy fraction microgrid.

The Power Purchase Agreement will be finalised through the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process the companies will now progress, with an improved indicative levelised cost of energy (LCOE) to the recently published Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study.

Australian Potash also commissioned an assessment of the Lake Wells project’s GHG footprint as part of its preparation for compliance with the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) regime, effective in Europe from 10 March 2021. This assessment, taking into consideration the power balance across the Project and energy usage through to ports of loading in Western Australia, concludes that the project will produce a CO2-e GHG that is materially lower than either a comparable Mannheim operation.

The project's microgrid will be developed in a staged approach, with the thermal component to be completed within circa 15 months of the company making a final investment decision. This timeline ensures power supply preparedness for steady state operations.

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