24/03/2021 - 15:00

Kalium lifts Beyondie expectations

24/03/2021 - 15:00

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Potash player Kalium Lakes has raised the production capacity for its Beyondie project in the Pilbara, ahead of operations expected to begin this year.

Kalium's Beyondie SOP project is expected to begin production in the September quarter. Photo: Kalium Lakes

Potash player Kalium Lakes has raised the production capacity for its Beyondie project in the Pilbara, ahead of operations expected to begin this year.

Kalium this morning confirmed steady-state production for Beyondie would be at least 100,000 tonnes of sulphate of potash (SOP) per annum throughout its 30-year mine life.

The company said additional work was under way to raise Beyondie’s production capacity to 120,000tpa, with potential to expand further to 400,000tpa.

Its previous forecast for Beyondie was 90,000tpa.

Kalium said it was able to raise the project’s production capacity after completing a debottlenecking-style review of the design of the SOP purification plant, combined with performance to date from the brine supply and evaporation ponds.

Chief executive Rudolph van Niekerk said the current performance of Kalium’s evaporation ponds indicated steady-state production was achievable by mid-2022.

“The company is also confident that a production increase to 120,000tpa can be achieved without the need for substantial plant modifications and is currently examining pathways to deliver this outcome,” Mr van Niekerk said.

He said Beyondie’s 5.1 million tonnes reserve would sustain an increase to 400,000tpa for more than 20 years.

The project is expected to begin production in the September quarter of this year.

Kalium’s shares closed up 9.3 per cent to trade at 24 cents each.

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