HOUSTON (ICIS)--Utah regulators have approved the ground water discharge permit for Potash Ridge’s Blawn Mountain, the Canadian fertilizer producer announced on Tuesday.
Company officials said receipt of the permit represents another milestone in advancing the project. The Utah Division of Water Quality approval came after no comments or objections were recorded regarding the permit during the 30-day public comment period, which ended 16 July.
The Toronto-based producer’s flagship project is Blawn Mountain Project located in southwestern Utah where the focus is on the eventual production of sulfate of potash (SOP) which is premium priced fertilizer used with special crops and soil types.
The company is projecting annual SOP production of 645,000 tonnes when at full capacity with the extractable deposits estimated at 26.4m tonnes over the 40-year lifecycle of the mine. It is also expected there will be significant volumes of sulphuric acid eventually produced at the site.
SOP produced will be marketed domestically and globally. The sulphuric acid will be marketed to existing US phosphate producers as well as to copper and gold miners in the region.
Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015 with production starting in 2017 and the operation reaching full capacity by 2019. Initial capital cost for the project has been calculated at $1.1bn, with the company possibly spending an additional $641m for infrastructure and utility upgrades.