Australian miner Kalium Lakes has started its sulphate of potash (SOP) deliveries from its Beyondie mine in Western Australia, its first shipment destined for regionally located fertiliser manufacturer CSBP Fertilisers.
The inaugural sale of standard-grade SOP was completed via its offtake partner K+S, and the customer will use the delivery as part of its premium product offering to farmers for the 2023 season.
Product will now be dispatched regularly, in weekly deliveries over the next month, as part of the first sale made under the 10-year offtake agreement originally inked in 2019 with K+S Asian subsidiary K+S Asia Pacific.
“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,” said CEO Len Jubber.
Kalium said it is the first in Australia to produce SOP via primary solar evaporation.
Following a planned August plant shutdown, the targeted ramp-up of SOP production from Beyondie is expected to see increasing quantities of SOP being shipped to interstate and overseas markets.
In the coming months, Kalium Lakes will begin the fine tuning of the Koppern compaction plant that was partially commissioned in June.
Source: Kalium Lakes