Western Australian explorer Kalium Lakes has signed a Native Title agreement with Mungarlu Ngurrarankatja Rirraunkaja RNTBC (MNR) for eastern tenement development of its Beyondie sulphate of potash project in the Pilbara.
The MNR represents the local Birriliburu people, who have, since a federal court decision in 2008, held the Native Title rights of over 66,000 square kilometres of the Western Desert, an area which incorporates the Beyondie project’s eastern tenements.
Kalium Lakes’ Beyondie project is focused on the extraction of sulphate of potash (SOP), a key fertiliser. The company has reported an inferred mineral resource of 18.84 million tonnes (Mt) of drainable brine SOP and an indicated mineral resource of 0.94Mt of drainable brine SOP.
The Native Title agreement represents a significant step forward for the project, as it is the second and final Native Title agreement required for further development; the first Native Title agreement was signed with the Gingirana people, who hold the rights to the project’s western portion, in March 2016.
Kalium Lakes managing director Brett Hazelden said the agreement with MNR would give Kalium Lakes “full certainty” in relation to development at Beyondie.
“These agreements, together with the strong relationship the Kalium Lakes team has established with both native title groups,” he said, “will lead to opportunities for all parties involved and provides a firm foundation for a long-term relationship.”