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Salt Lake Potash’s Lake Way project reaches 60% completion

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Salt Lake Potash Ltd (SO4) has provided an update on its Lake Way Project at Wiluna, Western Australia. The project remains on schedule to deliver first SOP production in 1Q21.


  • Total project is now 60% complete on an earned value basis.
  • Major vendor procurement packages over 90% committed with fixed costs.
  • At the process plant site, concrete foundations poured by Flanco are more than 80% complete, installation of structural steel supplied by Metro Steel has commenced and first carbon steel tanks have been installed by Proweld.
  • Long lead procurement items have commenced arriving on site including the Veolia crystallisers with associated components and tanks, and transformers from Wilson.
  • Vendor packages currently in transit to site include lump breaker, attritioners, wet screens and centrifuges.
  • All permanent buildings are now on site and installed including the permanent village, construction village, warehouse, workshop, administration, reagents, laboratory, ablutions, crib rooms and 4G communications has been installed across site.
  • Development of On Lake infrastructure continues to progress. Work has commenced on the fourth of six pond trains and 62 km of trenches have now been completed.
  • The Paleochannel drilling programme continues with the sixth bore hole now underway. All bores have intercepted basal sands in line with the model prediction.

Tony Swiericzuk, SO4 CEO, commented: “On site activity will be accelerating over the coming weeks as we move into the peak construction phase of the process plant and non-process infrastructure. The SO4 owners, team and GRES continue to do an outstanding job driving all workstreams on-schedule with first SOP production due in Q121.”

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