Western Potash Receives Environmental Assessment Approval for the Milestone Phase I Project

Western Potash Receives Environmental Assessment Approval for the Milestone Phase I Project

20/06/2017

http://www.westernpotash.com/news/western-potash-recieves-environmental-assessment-approval-milestone-phase-i-project

June 20, 2017, Regina, SK – Western Potash Corp. (“the Company”) is pleased to announce the Environmental Assessment Approval from Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (‘the Ministry”) for the Milestone Phase I Project (“the Phase l Project”, previously the “Pilot Project”) has been recieved.

As reported in its 21/12/2016 news release, Western Potash Corp received a final engineering report from AMEC Foster Wheeler and Agapito Associates Inc. for the proposed Milestone Phase l Plant Project. The Phase l Project was subject to review under The Environmental Assessment Act which is regulated by the Ministry. The initial Phase l Project design was based on a Scoping Study and was approved by the Ministry in 2015. Following changes to the Scoping Study design, namely the introduction of a crystallization pond for potash recovery and the plant site location, Western Potash re-submitted the project design for review by the Ministry. Subsequently, the Ministry has determined that no Environmental Impact Assessment for the Phase l Project will be required. Western Potash is therefore authorized to proceed with the construction of the Phase l Project subject to regulatory permitting requirements.

Mr. Bill Xue, President and CEO of Western Resources (the parent company of Western Potash Corp.) commented, “we are very pleased to have received the Environmental Assessment approval from the Government of Saskatchewan to proceed with the Milestone Phase I Project. We fully appreciate the cooperation that we have received from the Government of Saskatchewan and the local Rural Municipality as we continue to move the Milestone Project towards construction and operation.”

The Company secured an off-take agreement with China BlueChemical Ltd. in October 2016, through which Western’s second largest shareholder guarantees the purchase of all the products from the Phase l Project. Given the transportation costs and the low Chinese market price, Western Resources has been actively exploring the North American Market and has achieved solid progress. In the meantime, Western Potash continues to advance detailed engineering on the Phase l Project in advancement of construction. The Phase l Project will utilize selective solution mining techniques which result in lower CAPEX and OPEX costs compared to conventional solution mining. Western Resources is actively working to close the gap of the project financing. With these tasks completed, the plant construction is anticipated to start in early 2018 with first potash production in 2020. As the Phase l Project proves to be successful, a feasibility study of Phases II and III of the project with a respective expansion of 1.4 million tonnes per year will follow.

On Behalf of the Company,

George Gao
CEO

 

 

 

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