Yara study confirms 600,000 metric tons of potash annually in Ethiopia
Yara International Press Release
Tigrai Online, Addis Ababa February 14, 2015
A feasibility study, carried out on behalf of Yara International confirms significant potential to extract potash in the Danakil depression in northeastern Ethiopia.
The independent study identified an annual production of 600,000 metric tons sulfate of potash (SOP) over 23 years from reserves (Kainite, Carnallite and Sylvinite) at Yara`s Danakil concession. The company, which aims to begin mining activities in 2018, is now seeking equity partners to develop the project.
The reserves will be mined using solution mining technology. The brine produced at the mining sites will be evaporated utilizing high solar radiation. The harvested salts will be processed and re-crystalized to SOP. Both standard and compacted SOP will be produced.
The product will be trucked 790km to Tadjoura, Djibouti, where the project includes a product storage and handling terminal at the new port currently under construction by the Djibouti Port Authority.
Capital expenditure of the project is estimated at USD 740 million, while operating expenditure is expected to amount to USD 167/metric ton FOB Djibouti.
About Yara International
Yara delivers solutions for sustainable agriculture and the environment. Our fertilizers and crop nutrition programs help produce the food required for the growing world population. Our industrial products and solutions reduce emissions, improve air quality and support safe and efficient operations. Founded in Norway in 1905, Yara has a worldwide presence with sales to 150 countries. Safety is always our top priority.
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