Perth, Aug 24, 2017 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Australian Potash (ASX:APC) is developing the Lake Wells Sulphate of Potash (SOP) Project in the North-Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. The project is on track to potentially become the first producing Potash Project in Australia.
The company completed a positive Scoping Study in early 2017, which outlined a long life, low capital, Sulphate of Potash operation, initial production 150,000tpa, before doubling production to 300,000tpa in the future. The Company is currently working towards a Feasibility Study which will be released in early 2018, with project financing and development to commence later that year. First production from Lake Wells is targeted for 2020.
Analyst comment: Less than 5 years ago it was thought there was no significant potash deposits in Australia. Since that time a number of highly prospective regions were identified, which subsequently resulted in the discovery and early stage development of a number of Sulphate of Potash Projects, including Australian Potash's lake Wells Project.
Unfortunately, due to limited global demand for SOP, we believe it's unlikely all of the current Australian developers will commence production in the near term.
However due to a number of unique and critical aspects, we believe Australian Potash's Lake Wells Project is potentially ahead of their peers in the race towards production. Firstly, they have the lowest initial capital cost of the peer group, due to the significant existing infrastructure that Lake Wells can utilise. Secondly, it will be the only project to extract potash exclusively via bore field pumps (proven and tested method), whilst finally, it's the only project not subject to a native title claim, which is potentially a significant advantage given lake can be culturally sensitive areas.
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Valuation: We initiate coverage on Australian Potash with a valuation of $0.37 / share (SP - $0.10 / share).
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About Australian Potash Ltd
Australian Potash Limited (ASX:APC) is an ASX-listed Sulphate of Potash (SOP) developer. The Company holds a 100% interest in the Lake Wells Potash Project located approximately 500kms northeast of Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia's Eastern Goldfields.
Following the release of a Scoping Study in 2017, APC has been conducting a Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) into the development of the Lake Wells Potash Project. The Company is aiming to release the findings of the DFS in H2 2019.
The Lake Wells Potash Project is a palaeochannel brine hosted sulphate of potash project. Palaeochannel bore fields supply large volumes of brine to many existing mining operations throughout Western Australia, and this technique is a well understood and proven method for extracting brine. APC will use this technically low-risk and commonly used brine extraction model to further develop a bore-field into the palaeochannel hosting the Lake Wells SOP resource.
A Scoping Study on the Lake Wells Potash Project was completed and released on 23 March 2017. The Scoping Study exceeded expectations and confirmed that the Project's economic and technical aspects are all exceptionally strong, and highlights APC's potential to become a significant long-life, low capital and high margin sulphate of potash (SOP) producer.
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