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Potash Fertilizer Production Plant Project
This project involves construction of a fertilizer plant, spread across a 3,200 square kilometer desert in Oman. Studies conducted by client have uncovered evidence of a deposit holding prodigious quantities of potassium chloride, a key ingredient in the production of Sulphate of Potash (SOP) a high quality potash fertilizer commonly used in the cultivation of high-value crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, tea, coffee and tobacco, contained in near surface brine in Umm Al Samim region of western Oman -site disposal. As a first step in the exploitation of this resource and its conversion into potash . It is able to do so because of continuous optimisation of wastewater management as well as the use of existing possibilities for off fertilizer, client has already applied for an exploration mining license, which is under approval. Extraction is envisaged using hydro-geological pumping techniques. Full analysis of data, resulting from brine sampling, pump testing and porosity trials, is being progressed with the goal to obtain, among other certifications, JORC certification, based on the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves. Provisional plans drawn up by client envisage a fertilizer production plant of an initial capacity of 500,000 tonnes per annum (tpa), ramping up to one million tpa in the future. Pilot production is planned as early as in 2018 with commercial scale production by 2020. Capital investment in the venture is estimated in the range of $300-500 million. The project has significant In-Country Value (ICV) generation potential, with Sulphur as a key potential resource for the project. Business opportunities for local SMEs are also promising during the construction and operational phases. Pre-feasibility studies are currently underway.