Western Potash Recieves Environmental Assessment Approval for the Milestone Phase I Project

萨斯喀彻温省里贾纳-2017年6月20日消息 – 西钾股份有限公司 (下称“西钾”,或“本公司”)欣喜宣布,西钾股份有限公司已收到萨斯喀彻温省环境厅(以下称“环境厅”)颁发的Milestone一期项目(以下称“一期项目”,之前称“示范项目”)环境评估批文。

西部钾肥公司曾于2016年12月21日发布公告称,Milestone一期项目的最终工程设计报告已由AMEC Foster Wheeler公司与Agapito Associates 公司联合完成。根据萨省环境负责监督执行的“环境评估法”规定,Milestone一期项目需要进行环境评估审核。一期项目的原始设计方案依据的是项目“概要研究”,该方案于2015年即获萨省环境厅批准。之后由于最初的设计方案发生变化,主要涉及钾肥产品的回收程序改用结晶池以及一期项目的厂址变更,西钾公司遂向萨省环境厅重新提交了项目设计的环评申请。经审议,萨省环境厅决定,西钾一期项目无需再次进行环境评估。西钾公司因而获得授权,可根据相关政府运营许可条例进行一期项目的开发建设。

西钾母公司-西部资源公司的总裁兼CEO薛文晔先生称,“我们很高兴收到萨省政府颁发的环境评估批文,推进Milestone示范项目的建设。在推进Milestone示范项目的建设和运营过程中,我们受到了萨省政府和当地村镇政府的大力支持,对此表示诚挚的感谢。” 本公司于2016年10月与本公司第二大战略股东-中海化学股份公司签署了Milestone一期项目的全部产品包销协议。考虑到运输成本和中国市场的价位因素,本公司一直在积极拓展北美的钾肥销售市场并已取得坚实的进展。与此同时,西部钾肥公司也在进一步优化一期项目开工前的详细工程设计方案。一期项目将采用选择性溶采技术,这一新技术相较传统溶采方法将极大降低项目投资成本和运营成本。目前,本公司正在积极进行项目融资,解决项目建设资金缺口。这些条件落实后,一期项目预计将于2018年初开工建设,2020年可望达致投产。一期项目成功后,我们将就Milestone项目二期和三期工程分两次各扩大规模140万吨年产能的可行性进行研究。

谨代表本公司

George Gao
CEO

 

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