Kalium Lakes Secures AU$102 Million for Potash Project

Kalium Lakes’ Beyondie project is located in Western Australia and is slated to be the country’s only sulfate of potash project once it enters the output phase.

Potash production is ever closer at Kalium Lakes (ASX:KLL) Beyondie sulfate of potash project (BSOPP) thanks to a new AU$102 million funding deal with German KfW IPEX-Bank.

Kalium Lakes’ Beyondie project is located in Western Australia and is slated to be the country’s only sulfate of potash (SOP) project once it enters the output phase.

SOP is a high potassium fertilizer used to strengthen and ripen flower blooms, as well as prevent disease, pests and weather damage.

The recently announced funding deal will be added to an AU$74 million loan package from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, which was approved in February.

The new capital from KfW will be comprised of two parts, an initial 33 million euro facility guaranteed by German government export credit agency Euler Hermes and a US$37 million facility secured against the BSOPP, both maturing roughly a decade after project construction.

“We are very pleased to have been offered these KfW IPEX-Bank debt facilities, which represent the culmination of many months of diligent work by the Kalium Lakes and KfW IPEX-Bank teams. Final facility documentation is well underway and we anticipate receiving German Government export credit agency Euler Hermes’ approval in July,” Managing Director Brett Hazelden said in the press release.

In late May, Kalium awarded several construction contracts for the potash site. Early work construction activities are currently ongoing.

“Kalium Lakes is the only SOP developer to have defined an ore reserve, completed a bankable feasibility study and front end engineering design, obtained a binding offtake agreement with K+S (ETR:SDF), received both federal and state government environmental approval, have been granted two mining leases, successfully negotiated two native title agreements and now have two credit approved debt facilities totaling approximately AU$176 million,” added Hazelden.

Beyondie is expected to enter production in 2020, with a steady ramp-up scheduled to occur in Q4 2020. The project has an estimated mine life of 50 years.

Shares of Kalium Lakes were up 5.98 percent on Wednesday (July 3), trading at AU$0.62.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Georgia Williams, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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