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Salt Lake Potash begins Lake Way process plant commissioning

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Salt Lake Potash (SO4) has announced the commencement of process plant commissioning at its Lake Way Project near Wiluna, Western Australia.

Salt Lake Potash begins Lake Way process plant commissioning

First time potassium rich harvest salts, precipitated from lake aquifer brine, have been fed into an sulfate of potash (SOP) plant in Australia. First harvest salts have been successfully fed into the feed hopper (pictured), conveyed to the surge bin, run through the lump breaker, and then into the attritioning feed tank at the front-end of the process plant.

Over the coming weeks the utilities, conversion circuit, flotation circuits, crystallisers and dryer will all be commissioned ahead of full load commissioning and SOP production in the June quarter. Consultants from the plant designer, Wood Group, as well as vendors Veolia and Broadbent (amongst others) will be assisting in the commissioning process.

Front-end plant commissioning was powered by 2 MW diesel generators. These will continue to be used to progress the commissioning activities over coming weeks. Gas supply lines and delivery station for the 10 MW power station have been fully commissioned, with power-on scheduled for late April to support final commissioning activities and production commencement.

First production and SOP sales are on track for the June quarter.

Tony Swiericzuk, CEO, commented: “Commencing commissioning of Australia’s first Sulfate of Potash processing plant is a major milestone for SO4 and testament to the hard work of our owners’ team and GR Engineering Services. It is exciting to see the vision that was first conceived in late 2018 come to fruition less than two and a half years later. First SOP sales and revenue are now well within sight.”

Image courtesy of Salt Lake Potash.

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