HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian fertilizer producer Arianne Phosphate said on Friday that, for its Lac a Paul Project, key milestones this year will include obtaining environmental permits and securing agreements with communities that could be impacted by future phosphate operations.
The company is currently engaged in the development of the Lac a Paul deposits in Quebec, where it expects to eventually recover significant phosphate resources.
Current estimates for the site have determined there are approximately 590m tonnes of phosphate resources, which grade at 7.1% phosphorus pentoxide (P205). The company said its studies show the resources will support a minimum mine life of 25.75 years.
Company officials said another major set of goals this year is to secure project funding, to further define the resource base by finishing a new drilling campaign as well as to conduct metallurgical optimisation tests to allow for detail engineering to commence.
Earlier this month, the company announced it has commissioned a scoping and marketing study on the feasibility of processing the company’s phosphate rock resources into purified phosphoric acid and other phosphate fertilizer products.
In addition, the group that is conducting the scoping work will be reviewing possible facility locations and evaluating power and raw material requirements. The market potential for the export of the processed product as well as capital and operating expenses for constructing and operating plant facilities will also be studied.