SO4 Commences the WA Lake Way Process Plant Commissioning

Salt Lake Potash (SO4) announces the commencement of Process Plant commissioning at its Lake Way Project near Wiluna, Western Australia.

First bucket of salt fed into the feed hopper. Source: SO4

First-time potassium rich harvest salts, precipitated from lake aquifer brine, have been fed into an SOP Plant in Australia.

First harvest salts have been successfully fed into the feed hopper, conveyed to the surge bin, run through the lump breaker, and then into the attritioning feed tank at the front-end of the Process Plant.

Conveyer CV01 operating with first feed salts. Source: SO4

Over the coming weeks the utilities, conversion circuit, flotation circuits, crystallisers and dryer will all be commissioned ahead of full load commissioning and SOP production in the June quarter.

Consultants from the plant designer, Wood Group, as well as vendors Veolia and Broadbent (amongst others) will be assisting in the commissioning process.

Conveyer CV02 and Process Plant. Source: SO4

Front-end plant commissioning was powered by 2MW diesel generators. These will continue to be used to progress the commissioning activities over coming weeks.

Gas supply lines and delivery station for the 10MW power station have been fully commissioned, with Power-on scheduled for late April to support final commissioning activities and production commencement. First production and SOP sales on track for the June quarter.

Tony Swiericzuk Chief Executive Officer said:

“Commencing commissioning of Australia’s first Sulphate of Potash processing plant is a major milestone for SO4 and testament to the hard work of our owners’ team and GR Engineering Services. It is exciting to see the vision that was first conceived in late 2018 come to fruition less than two and a half years later. First SOP sales and revenue are now well within sight.”

SO4 and GRES teams at commencement of plant commissioning. Source: SO4

Source: SO4