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Potash News

Anglo pushes pause button on newly acquired UK project

By: Mariaan Webb     27th March 2020 Construction and development activity at the Woodsmith polyhalite project, which Anglo American acquired earlier this month, is being paused, the diversified major announced on Friday. This is in line with the British government’s measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which by Friday has... 

Foskor clarifies it will continue with operations amid lockdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2020 Phosphates and phosphoric acid producer Foskor has advised that it will continue with mining activities in Phalaborwa and its processing operations in Richards Bay, owing to it being an essential service in providing products to the agriculture and food sectors in South Africa, during the... 

Kropz expects tribunal hearing to be rescheduled after national lockdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2020 Aim-listed Kropz has advised that all its employees based in South Africa will be working from home during the national lockdown declared from March 26 midnight to April 16. Kropz does not anticipate its Elandsfontein phosphate mine, in the Western Cape, to be adversely impacted on by the... 

Emmerson progressing feasibility study at Morocco potash project

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd March 2020 Progress on finalising the feasibility study at potash-focused development company Emmerson’s Khemisset potash project, in Northern Morocco, continues, with only minor, if any, delays to the delivery timetable expected. Emmerson on Monday said that it still expects to be able to meet the... 

Anglo takes companywide measures to limit spread, mitigate impacts of Covid-19 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 Global diversified miner Anglo American has announced the measures that it is taking in light of the Covid-19 outbreak across its mining and corporate operations. CE Mark Cutifani says the measures are often tailored to the specific nature and location of a particular site to protect the... 

Anglo takes companywide measures to limit spread, mitigate impacts of Covid-19

Agrimin gains potash project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th March 2020 ASX-listed Agrimin has acquired the Lake Auld potash project, in Western Australia, in exchange for shares. The company told shareholders that it would issue project owner Zinfadel Exploration with 250 000 fully paid ordinary shares as part of the consideration to acquire the exploration... 

Geotechnical drilling improves safety at phosphate mine

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling company Geomech Africa, part of geotechnical services holding company GeoGroup, has completed its geotechnical investigation at phosphate product producer and distributor Foskor’s phosphate mining operation in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. The Foskor phosphate mine comprises the North and South... 

Geotechnical drilling improves safety at phosphate mine
DOING THE HOLE JOB The geotechnical investigations required the drilling of two holes in the North pit and five in the South pit at depths of between 300 m and 500 m

New chapter for Woodsmith as Anglo American takes control

By: Mariaan Webb     17th March 2020 As a new chapter arrived for the Woodsmith polyhalite project, with diversified miner Anglo American on Tuesday officially taking control, Sirius Minerals chairperson Russell Scrimshaw has expressed his hopes for the project and apologised to shareholders for the value that the takeover has... 

New chapter for Woodsmith as Anglo American takes control

Infinity sells Gabon potash assets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2020 ASX-listed Infinity Lithium Corporation has struck a binding sales agreement to divest of its potash assets in Gabon, allowing the company to focus on its San Jose lithium project, in Spain. Infinity told shareholders that the divestment of its subsidiary Equatorial Potash would remove costs... 

Kropz appeal hearing postponed owing to self-quarantine measures 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2020 Aim-listed emerging phosphate producer Kropz on Monday announced that its appeal hearing before the Water Tribunal, regarding the Elandsfontein project’s integrated water-use licence, had been postponed. The appeal hearing was supposed to convene on Monday, but has been postponed owing to... 

Kropz appeal hearing postponed owing to self-quarantine measures
Elandsfontein mine, in the Western Cape

Sirius wins shareholders' backing for Anglo American takeover

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2020 The shareholders of London-listed Sirius Minerals have approved a takeover by global mining major Anglo American. Almost 62% of the shareholders who voted at a general meeting in London on Tuesday voted for the deal. These shareholders represented 80% of the shares. The approval now paves the... 

Sirius wins shareholders' backing for Anglo American takeover
The Woodsmith mine, in North Yorkshire.

Danakali subsidiary completes first phase of potash project development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2020 LSE- and ASX-listed Danakali’s subsidiary Colluli Mining Share Company has made progress with the engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) programme for the Colluli sulphate of potash project, in Eritrea. The company has successfully executed Phase 1 of the EPCM programme,... 

Harebottle resigns as Kropz CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2020 Ian Harebottle has resigned as CEO of Aim-listed emerging phosphate producer Kropz, effective February 29. He will be succeeded by CFO Mark Summers in the interim.  

Harebottle resigns as Kropz CEO
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Korpz outgoing CEO Ian Harebottle

Davenport hopeful after Nohra-Elende study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th February 2020 A preliminary technical and economic study of the Nohra-Elende potash project, in Germany, has a potential mine life of some 34 years. ASX-listed Davenport Resources on Wednesday said that the study estimated an annual production of 575 000 t of muriate of potash, 640 000 t of kieserite... 

Salt Lake continues apace with Lake Way construction

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th February 2020 Potash developer Salt Lake Potash has completed the construction of its Stage 2 evaporation ponds and trench network at its Lake Way sulphate of potash project, in Western Australia. The Stage 2 construction included 275 ha of brine evaporation ponds which will provide feed salts to the process... 

Moroccan power infrastructure lowers Khemisset project costs

By: Simone Liedtke     24th February 2020 Potash project developer Emmerson has completed the full cost estimate for the capital expenditure required to ensure electricity and gas supply at its 100% owned Khemisset potash project, in northern Morocco. Khemisset is a potentially world-class potash development with low capital costs and,... 

Odey urges Anglo American to raise bid for Sirius Minerals

By: Reuters     19th February 2020 London-based hedge fund Odey Asset Management said it would oppose Anglo American's bid to acquire a huge fertiliser project from Sirius Minerals at 5.5p a share, saying the terms do not represent fair value. The asset under a national park in North Yorkshire is Britain's biggest mining project... 

Odey urges Anglo American to raise bid for Sirius Minerals

More offtake secured at Lake Way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th February 2020 Potash developer Salt Lake Potash has inked a binding term-sheet with trading and investment giant Mitsui & Co for the sale of sulphate of potash (SOP) from its Lake Way project, in Western Australia, into Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.... 

Funds raised for Fort Cady project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th February 2020 ASX-listed American Pacific has raised A$7.1-million through a share placement to fund construction activities at its Fort Cady borate mine, in Southern California. The company placed more than 17-7-milliion shares, at a pri9ce of 40c each to institutional, profession and sophisticated... 

The top miner’s vision of the future looks a lot like the past

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2020 BHP’s new top executive has a plan to prosper in a world that’s accelerating efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions – double down on the raw materials that’ve been key through its near 170-year history. The world’s top miner, with roots in a 19th Century tin mine, plans to add more copper and... 

The top miner’s vision of the future looks a lot like the past
BHP CEO Mike Henry

Appeal hearing into Kropz’s water-use licence resumes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2020 An appeal hearing against the integrated water-use licence (Iwul) granted to Aim-listed emerging phosphate producer Kropz’s Elandsfontein project, in the Western Cape, resumed on Thursday. 

Danakali commits to advancing its ESG performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed Danakali, which is developing the Coluli potash project in Eritrea, has appointed Todd Romaine as chief sustainability officer. The appointment is aimed at advancing the company's environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and Romaine will oversee the execution of... 

Danakali working to complete EPCM mobilisation soon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th January 2020 ASX- and London-listed potash developer Danakali has made progress on Phase 1 of the Colluli project’s engineering, procurement and construction management contract. The company envisions that Phase 2 will start in mid-February, which will be followed by geotechnical investigation works that will... 

Anglo's low carbon move, BlackRock addresses climate change, job cuts in ferrochrome 

22nd January 2020 This week Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo’s low carbon fertiliser contribution, BlackRock’s move to address climate change and potential job cuts in ferrochrome.   

Anglo's low carbon move, BlackRock addresses climate change, job cuts in ferrochrome
Anglo's low carbon move, BlackRock addresses climate change, job cuts in ferrochrome

Anglo’s polyhalite entry likely to hit MoP more than SoP – Danakali 

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2020 The proposed entry of Anglo American into the fertiliser industry is more likely to impact the muriate of potash (MoP) market than the sulphur of potash (SoP) market, says Danakali CEO Niels Wage. MoP production is relatively concentrated with single-channel CanPotex group of companies in Canada... 

Anglo’s polyhalite entry likely to hit MoP more than SoP – Danakali
Niels Wage

Seaside potash dream turns to pain for thousands of shareholders

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2020 Anglo American's plan to buy a giant potash project overlooking England’s North Sea is a bittersweet twist for local residents. The deal will ensure billions of dollars of investment in the downtrodden region of North Yorkshire. But people like Neil Trillo, one of the thousands who bought... 

Seaside potash dream turns to pain for thousands of shareholders

Anglo set to make low carbon fertiliser contribution 

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2020 The polyhalite-based Poly4 product that Anglo American will market if its bid for Sirius Minerals is successful emits significantly less carbon dioxide (CO2) per tonne relative to both of the other two main fertiliser products.. Poly4 emits 93% less CO2 than the more elaborate processing of... 

Anglo set to make low carbon fertiliser contribution
Photo by Creamer Media
Duncan Wanblad

Agrimin adds to Mackay resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th January 2020 ASX-listed Agrimin has reported a 470% increase to the mineral resource at its Mackay potash project, in Western Australia. The project is estimated to host a drainable mineral resource of 123-million tonnes of sulphate of potash (SOP), with the in-situ mineral resource now exceeding one-billion... 

Anglo, Sirius reach acquisition agreement

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2020 The boards of Anglo American plc and Sirius Minerals plc have reached agreement on the takeover of the share capital of Sirius for £404.9-million. The acquisition will enable diversified  mining company Anglo to enter the fertiliser space through ownership of an underground polyhalite mining... 

Anglo, Sirius reach acquisition agreement
Photo by Sirius
Map showing area of interest

Anglo keen to enter fertiliser space with polyhalite 

By: Martin Creamer     8th January 2020 Diversified mining company Anglo American is keen to enter the fertiliser space by acquiring an underground polyhalite mining project in North Yorkshire, UK, on which more than $1-billion has already been spent on physical development by a company Anglo may take steps to buy for half that. The... 

Anglo keen to enter fertiliser space with polyhalite
Photo by Sirius
Area of 750 km2.

Anglo confirms discussions with Sirius

By: Martin Creamer     8th January 2020 Anglo American confirmed on Wednesday that it is in advanced discussions with Sirius, which has plans to develop a polyhalite mine in North Yorkshire, UK. Sirius, a fertiliser development company listed on the London Stock Exchange, has been taking steps to secure funding for the project's first... 

Anglo confirms discussions with Sirius
Sirius Minerals' Woodsmith mine project area in North Yorkshire, UK.

Mosaic’s McKenzie named Canpotex CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2020 Canada’s Canpotex, the joint venture between Mosaic and Nutrien that markets Saskatchewan potash overseas, has appointed Gordan McKenzie its president and CEO. The appointment is effective January 17. 

Danakali selects preferred mining contractor for Colluli

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2019 ASX- and LSE-listed Danakali has selected Earth Moving Worldwide as its preferred contractor for the Colluli sulphate of potash project mining services scope. The mining services scope covers the pre-production period (development) plus the first five years of production. The scope includes the... 

Elandsfontein water use license hearing extended to February 2020

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Aim-listed Kropz on Wednesday said that the Water Tribunal had requested continuation of the hearing hearing against Elandfontein’s invalid integrated water use license (WUL), which is expected to resume on February 6, 2020. The appeal hearing was heard by the Water Tribunal from December 11 to... 

Salt Lake secures more offtake for Lake Way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th December 2019 Potash developer Salt Lake Potash has inked a binding term sheet with chemical and fertilizer company HELM AG for 50 000 t/y of sulphate of potash (SOP) over a ten ytear period. “It is an outstanding achievement for Salt Lake to secure such a world class partner in HELM for the sale and... 

PFS for Kore’s Congo project on track

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 The pre-feasibility study (PFS) for potash exploration and development company Kore Potash’s Dougou extension (DX) at the Sintoukola potash project, in the Republic of Congo, is on track to be completed on budget in April 2020, with potentially improved financial outcomes. Technical studies... 

Elandsfontein water-use licence appeal hearing starts 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 A Water Tribunal hearing into an appeal against the granting of an integrated water-use licence for Aim-listed emerging African phosphate producer Kropz’s 74%-owned Elandsfontein project, in the Western Cape, started on Wednesday. The company advised that it would not provide further comment on... 

EPA approves Lake Disappointment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2019 The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the environmental approval of the Lake Disappointment potash project, in Western Australia, being developed by ASX-listed Reward Minerals. Lake Disappointment, located 320 km east of Newman, would produce 400 000 t/y of sulfate of... 

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