Arianne Phosphate, a development-stage phosphate mining company, advancing its Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region (Canada), has entered into a collaboration with Northern Nutrients of Saskatchewan, Canada to advance the use of its high-purity phosphate concentrate in alternatively derived fertilizers.
Under this agreement, Arianne has provided its phosphate concentrate to be combined into Northern Nutrient’s proprietary fertilizer compositions to derive a multi-nutrient fertilizer that can be directly applied to the farmer’s field. Testing of this new and proprietary fertilizer will commence this growing season, with results available through late summer and fall of 2022.
In February, Arianne announced it has initiated a research program in collaboration with the Environmental and Biotechnology Research Group of the Cegep Riviere-de-Loup aimed at the development of a new breed of fertilizers using organic waste and Arianne’s high-purity, low-contaminant phosphate concentrate. The benefits of this work would result in the ability to integrate the company’s phosphate concentrate directly into fertilizers without having to first transform it through acidulation.
The successful implementation of programs such as Arianne’s work with Northern Nutrient are multi-fold. This process would produce a uniquely Canadian offering, reliant solely on domestic inputs and technology. It would also remove the logistical challenges and additional costs associated with shipping and transforming materials through numerous jurisdictions. Further, this process would eliminate the need to add ammonia/nitrogen into the finished fertilizer as are required in monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and diammonium phosphate (DAP).
According to Brian Ostroff, president of Arianne Phosphate, the company’s extremely rare, high-purity, low-contaminant phosphate concentrate is ideal for these alternative applications where the farmer will be very conscious of what is being spread on their field. “As well, by being situated in Quebec, Canada, it removes ‘security of supply’ issues associated with where fertilizers are currently sourced from and should remove many of the risks that we are unfortunately witnessing,” noted Ostroff.
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