The board’s decision will see Mardie become the first new solar salt operation in Western Australia in almost 25 years, and the first to produce salt and sulfate of potash (SOP) from seawater.
The Green Wolverine project in the Norrbotten region of Sweden will require an investment of more than €1 billion and could become operational by 2026.
The recommissioning of the sulfuric acid plant at Arraias is expected to be completed over a 4-month timeframe in order to commence sulfuric acid sales during 1Q22.
A total of 11 new bores have been drilled in the project's western and southern borefields so far, of the 76 new bores scheduled to be developed through project construction.
Total funding of approximately AUS$1.2 billion is required to develop the sulfate of potash (SOP) project to a capacity of 5.35 million tpy of salt and 140 000 tpy of SOP.
The facility will be located near Fertiglobe’s subsidiary EBIC in Ain Sokhna in Egypt and is a first step towards developing a green hydrogen hub in Ain Sokhna.
The study will assess whether industrial-scale manufacturing of green ammonia at the Gibson Island fertilizer manufacturing facility in Queensland, Australia, is technically and commercially feasible on an existing brownfield site.
The first drillhole, OHM-02, is planned in 4Q21 to a depth of 665 m which is expected to fully penetrate the known potash horizon in the area.
Speaking during his weekly live broadcast on social media, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro did not provide many details on the project but said it would be presented next month.