Salt Lake Potash has gained access to native land and signed a brine minerals exploration agreement with Tarlka Matuwa Piarku Aboriginal Corporation (TMPAC) covering the Lake Way Project area in Western Australia. TMPAC has signed the contract with Salt Lake Potash on behalf of the Wiluna People who are the recognized native title holders of the land covering the Lake Way Project sulphate of potash (SOP) project area. TMPAC also agreed to the construction and operation of the Williamson Ponds.
The agreements are key to the development of the Lake Way Project and position Salt Lake Potash to accelerate the works program and the Williamson Ponds. On this occasion, Salt Lake Potash CEO Tony Swiericzuk commented that “it has been a pleasure working with TMPAC to develop an agreement which respects the significance of the area’s heritage and also enables us to progress the Lake Way Project.” Mr. Swiericzuk also stressed that “the signing of the agreement is a key milestone for construction activities to commence and the company’s goal of developing the first SOP project within Australia. We look forward to building on the strong working relationship with TMPAC as we progress our plans to develop the Lake Way Project.”
Having finalized the deal, Salt Lake Potash is now looking to speed up the progress on the project. Construction of Williamson Ponds is at the stage of key contracts being finalized and equipment being mobilized in preparation for the imminent start of work. Once completed, the project will become Australia’s first commercial-scale SOP evaporation ponds. Salt Lake Potash is also working on a resource estimate for the lake bed brine and the paleochannel aquifer for the whole lake, which will enable the company to examine larger production options.