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Australian Potash advances along environmental approvals pathway for Lake Wells SOP Project

The Environmental Review Document for the project has been accepted for final assessment by the Environmental Protection Authority.

Australian Potash Ltd - Australian Potash advances along environmental approvals pathway for its Lake Wells SOP Project
Ministerial Consent is required by all the SOP projects being proposed or developed in WA

Australian Potash Ltd (ASX:APC) is progressing with the Environmental Review Document (ERD) for the development of its Lake Wells Sulphate of Potash project (LSOP) in Western Australia.

The ERD has been accepted for final assessment by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) which has advised a timetable for completion of the assessment of the proposed development.

Managing director and CEO Matt Shackleton said: “We are very pleased to advise further progress in the approvals pathway for the Lake Wells SOP project.

“The LSOP’s Environmental Review Document has now been accepted for final assessment by the EPA.

"This follows an extensive period of consultation between the company and the EPA Services, where the company addressed queries and issues raised by the various decision-making authorities relevant to mining operations."

Shackleton added: “Importantly for the company, there is now a timetable for the balance of the assessment process, which targets Ministerial Consent to proceed with the development in quarter three of 2020.”

Expected timeline

The EPA has advised a target timeframe for the progression of the assessment, however, as with all applications, reserves the right to raise additional issues for the company to address.

The estimated timeline is:

  • Stage 3 Assessment of the ERD six weeks (July 2020);
  • Preparation of Report to Minister (for Consent) six weeks (August 2020);
  • Appeals period two weeks (September 2020); and
  • Ministerial Statement of Consent (September 2020).

Location of minor and preliminary works.

Minor and preliminary works consent

The assessment of the ERD is in addition to the Minor and Preliminary Works Consent received in May 2020, which includes consent to proceed with the following work:

  • Upgrading the camp access track to more durable/all-weather access condition;
  • Constructing and maintaining the western borefield track, the pond perimeter track and the eastern borefield track, in preparation for the civil and construction works associated with developing the entire borefield and pre-concentration ponds;
  • Building a construction village including accommodation camp, fuel storage and wastewater treatment plant; and
  • Developing several borrow areas to source material for the above.

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