Kalium Lakes has awarded Toll Mining Services a haulage and port contract for its Beyondie sulphate of potash project (BSOPP) in Western Australia.
The contract includes the full logistics chain of product transport from mine site to shipping, beginning with the collection of SOP products at the Beyondie site.
It also includes product haulage via existing road trains returning from Newman to Perth, and receipt, storage and inventory control of SOP products at a Toll depot in Perth.
Loading in containers, despatch, delivery and shipping documentation for SOP products from the depot to Fremantle or Kwinana ports will also be controlled by Toll.
The contract is subject to a final investment decision and a subsequent notice from Kalium that it is ready to commence haulage operations.
The Beyondie project is on track to be Australia’s first SOP operation and Kalium Lakes believes Toll is the most suitable provider of transport services, according to its chief development officer Rudolph van Niekerk.
“Utilising Toll’s existing fleet to backload our product from Beyondie to Perth, without adding more trucks on the road, not only provides for an economical solution, but also demonstrates Kalium Lakes’ strategic location, which has provided cost saving synergies for both companies.,” he said.
“We have worked closely with Toll to develop a strategic, fit for purpose and mutually economic product delivery logistics solution.”
The costings of the tasks Toll will undertake are within the company’s budget outlined in its bankable feasibility study released late last year, according to Kalium.
First product is scheduled to be transported in 2020.