Kalium Lakes has been granted all required approvals for its Beyondie sulphate of potash project (BSOPP) in the eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) gave the nod for two mining leases, a gas pipeline and 15 miscellaneous licences, in addition to 15 previously granted exploration licences.
A 16th exploration licence in the 10 Mile West area (E69/3594) is still pending approval. The project has also received the consent of the Gingirana and Birriliburu People, who hold the Native Title rights to the project land.
The miscellaneous licences relate primarily to access roads, communications towers, an airstrip and accomodation facilities (the 10 Mile Village). The two licences related to the airstrip and project village, which were approved on February 8, were among the last licences to be granted.
Managing director Brett Hazelden said Kalium Lakes was the only company in Australia to secure all tenure requirements for commercial sulphate of potash (SOP) production.
“The grant of all of our mining tenure requirements allows the full value chain to be accomplished including extraction of the brine, evaporation to form salts, SOP purification and haulage to the Australian agricultural industry or an export port,” he said.
SOP is used primarily as a fertiliser for growing crops such as fruits, vegetables, teas, coffees and tobacco.
It can also help to strengthen crops’ resistance to adverse weather, pests and diseases. SOP is of higher quality than the more common muriate of potash (MOP) fertiliser, also known by its chemical name potassium chloride.