Kalium Lakes awards $10m contract to Clarke Energy

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Kalium Lakes has awarded a $10 million contract to design, supply, install and commission a 7.5-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power station for the Beyondie sulphate of potash project in Western Australia (BSOPP) to Clarke Energy.

The contract includes three 2.5MW gas reciprocating engines, a black start generator, high and low voltage switch rooms, auxiliary equipment and the power station controls system.

A Kalium Lakes’ owned and operated gas lateral with 90 kilo-tonnes per annum (ktpa) production capacity will supply gas for power generation.

Clarke Energy will also provide several smaller, diesel generators for the project, which will provide power to the village and the remote brine transfer pump stations.

Kalium Lakes’ chief development officer Rudolph van Niekerk said working with Clarke was a positive experience.

“Not only has Clarke Energy worked with us to find a technically viable solution for our project, it has gone the extra mile to also achieve the work health and safety accreditation,” van Niekerk said.

The accreditation is a requirement under the contract for funding from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. The project is 160 kilometres south-east of Newman, Western Australia.

Kalim Lakes has a binding offtake agreement with K+S for around $650 million over the first 10 years of operations.

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