Australian Potash Limited Shares Progress on Lake Wells Sulfate of Potash Project
- 16-Aug-2023 1:35 PM
- Journalist: Timothy Greene
In a recent update following their announcement on June 13, 2023, Australian Potash Limited has shared substantial insights into the ongoing progress of the Lake Wells sulfate of potash (SOP) project.
Over the past year, the company has diligently engaged in a strategic review process aimed at securing funding for the Lake Wells SOP project. This pursuit unfolded amidst a backdrop of remarkable surges in sulfate of potash prices, a global scarcity of fertilizers, and a project valuation range spanning from A$774 million to A$1.025 billion. During this time, Australian Potash (APC) meticulously finalized the design and engineering aspects of the project while successfully securing debt funding through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), contingent upon acquiring the essential equity. Consequently, the groundwork was laid for the project's imminent transition into the construction phase, conditioned upon the successful procurement of equity funding.
Having meticulously shared comprehensive data and project information with various stakeholders, the strategic review process has regrettably not yielded any transactions deemed suitable for the interests of the company or its shareholders. In light of this outcome and recognizing the exhaustive nature of the process, the company's directors have made the challenging decision to conclude the strategic review phase.
The emerging setbacks experienced by other enterprises within Western Australia's burgeoning potash industry have cast a shadow over solar SOP projects in the region. Despite Australian Potash's diligent efforts, including extensive testing and on-site evaporation piloting, the absence of a viable funding proposition compelled the directors to grapple with the difficult choice of relinquishing the LSOP mining leases due to their substantial holding costs. The mandatory documentation for this has been duly submitted to the Department of Mining, Industry Regulation and Safety.
Nevertheless, the company maintains its vested interest in the exploration licenses attributed to Lake Wells. In line with this, the company's directors have garnered A$950,000 as consideration for specific components of the Lake Wells camp assets. Additionally, active discussions are underway concerning the potential sale of bore-field inventory and other on-site assets.
Natalia Streltsova, the Chairperson of Australian Potash, expressed profound disappointment at the current outcome. She acknowledged that the recent setbacks encountered by notable potash ventures in the local landscape have had an adverse impact on investor sentiment towards their sector and project. Despite this setback, Streltsova took a moment to commend the unwavering dedication and professionalism exhibited by Matt Shackleton and his team throughout the lifecycle of the project. She underscored the collective disappointment stemming from their inability to secure equity funding, despite their extensive and dedicated efforts.