HOUSTON (ICIS)--The British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines has approved a permit to allow fertilizer developer Fertoz Limited to extract a surface bulk sample from its Wapiti East holdings, the company announced on Tuesday.
Australia-based Fertoz, which is a phosphate exploration and development company, said that it anticipates removing up to 7,500 tonnes of phosphate rock during the sample collection.
The work is scheduled to begin in March but the exact commencement will depend on the weather.
Company officials also said that Fertoz has extended its holding at Wapiti East by 506.6 hectares so that parts of the access road, the camp and phosphate storage area are all on company tenements.
Fertoz officials said that the permits were an important step in advancing the Wapiti East project, and that a permit application for a further bulk sample in the warmer months is also underway.
“The next steps after the collection of the bulk sample are to commence farm trials and to continue with laboratory testing in relation to organic certification of the Wapiti rock phosphate,” said Les Szonyi, Fertoz managing director.