Kalium Lakes selects Wirtgen for BSOPP harvesting

The Wirtgen W220 milling machine. Image: Kalium Lakes.

Kalium Lakes has chosen a Wirtgen W220 milling machine for harvesting at its Beyondie sulphate of potash project (BSOPP).

The specially equipped machine will be used to harvest hardened potassium salts from BSOPP evaporation ponds.

Kalium Lakes operated a similar milling machine during the 10-hectare pilot scale and harvesting trials in 2018, according to chief development officer Rudolph Van Niekerk.

The Wirtgen W220 is ideal for milling hard potassium salts and ensures milled material can be harvested to Kalium Lakes’ specified grain size before being processed at the purification plant.

It will be fitted with the Wirtgen operator comfort system (OCS), a fully enclosed cabin with climate control that can be moved from left to right with hydraulics, providing full visibility.

Wirtgen is an innovation-focussed company based in Germany that provides equipment for mining ventures all over the world.

Van Niekerk said the company chose Wirtgen’s machinery due to its past experience with salt projects.

“We invested a considerable amount of time carefully assessing the best machine for this specialised activity,” van Niekerk said.

“The proven reliability that comes with Wirtgen having operated at other salt projects around the world was the key factor in the final assessment.

“Kalium Lakes will now work closely with the Wirtgen Australia team to configure this machine for the technical requirements at our BSOPP.”

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