Sulphate of potash (SOP) producer Kalium Lakes has made its first commercial sales from its Beyondie project in Western Australia (WA).
The sale of standard grade SOP was made to off-take partner K+S and delivered domestically to WA fertilizer manufacturer and distributor CSBP.
Kalium says that it expects to deliver SOP on a scheduled basis over the next month in accordance with the arrangement for the first sale under the off-take agreement with K+S’s subsidiary K+S Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
Kalium Lakes’ Chief Executive Officer, Len Jubber, said: “We are pleased to advise the loading of our first delivery of SOP from the Beyondie SOP Mine in accordance with previous advice to shareholders that commercial sales were targeted to commence in July 2022. This is an important milestone in the commissioning of the Beyondie SOP Mine as the sole Australian producer of SOP. It also heralds the start of the era of domestic SOP production in Australia, for distribution to the Australian and international agricultural markets.”
CSBP Fertilisers General Manager, Mark Scatena, said: “As the only WA producer of compound Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK) products, CSBP Fertilisers (CSBP) is pleased to be receiving the first tranche of locally produced SOP, a key feedstock in the manufacture of CSBP’s premium NPK compound fertiliser MacroPro Extra.
While CSBP has long maintained strong and diverse global supply relationships, local SOP production has the potential to improve the security of supply for WA industry, enabling CSBP to continue the local manufacture of its premium fertiliser range tailored to WA conditions and the requirements of WA growers.”
Kalium said that SOP production would be ramped up following a planned August plant shutdown, with volumes shipped to other domestics states as well as overseas markets.
The company is also planning to fine tune its Koppern compaction plant that was partially commissioned in June. “This is also expected to result in higher-priced granular SOP comprising an increasing proportion of the company’s sales,” Kalium said.
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