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Parkway Minerals announces pre-commissioning of new pilot plant

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World Fertilizer,

Parkway Minerals has announced the pre-commissioning of its recently installed aMESTM pilot plant at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

Following the engineering, procurement and construction phase that commenced at the beginning of 2020, the new aMES pilot plant has successfully achieved mechanical completion.

The plant is currently undergoing a series of pre-commissioning tests, involving standard quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures including the leak-testing of piping and vessels, testing of rotating equipment, and testing of instrumentation, controls and associated process logic.

Following the completion of pre-commissioning tests, the pilot plant will initially undergo a staged start-up procedure to verify key process steps to further confirm safe and effective operational performance.

The aMES pilot plant will then undergo formal commissioning as part of a broader process piloting campaign, initially commencing with feedstock in the form of potassium enriched mixed salts from the Karinga Lakes potash project (KLPP).

Subsequent testwork involving the aMES plant will include feedstock from third-party projects, providing Parkway Minerals with an important process demonstration, optimisation and validation capability, an essential requirement for successful commercialisation.

The Managing Director of Parkway Minerals, Bahay Ozcakmak, said: “In addition to showcasing some of our key competencies, the aMES pilot plant provides us with an incredibly powerful capability to demonstrate the performance and advantages of our aMES technology. The aMES pilot plant has been designed with flexibility in mind, allowing us to readily reconfigure the plant to be able to test a range of process designs (flow sheets), thereby maximising the utility of the pilot plant.”

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