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Australian Potash awards bore-field drilling contract to Pentium Hydro

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Australian Potash has announced that the bore-field drilling contract for the development of the Lake Wells sulfate of potash project (LSOP) near Laverton, Western Australia, has been awarded to Pentium Hydro Pty Ltd.

The recently completed FEED programme into the development of the LSOP identified an optimised bore-field design comprising 79 brine bores. In addition to the brine bore-field, the FEED programme identified the development of two raw (or fresh) water bore fields comprising approximately 13 bores.

Australian Potash Managing Director and CEO, Matt Shackleton, said: “Following the release of the FEED Summary results we are focused on maintaining the momentum towards development. Securing drill rigs in the current climate is an important step towards us achieving our mid-2023 targeted production start date.”

The scope of the contract includes drilling, installation and development of brine and process water bores. The contract is for an estimated 13 months, with the estimated cost being approximately AUS$1 million per month.

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