South Boulder’s (ASX: STB) flagship project is the world class Colluli Potash Fertilizer Project in Eritrea where mine production of 1Mt p.a. is scheduled for 2016 or sooner from the world’s first open cut potash mine.
South Boulder also operates the Duketon Project in Western Australia where there is demonstrated potential for gold, nickel sulphide and base metal mineralisation.
(The Eritrean Government is a highly supportive partner. መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ብጣዕሚ እቲ ተሓባባሪ ልፍንቲ እዩ፡) ዝገርም እዩ? ምስ ሽፍታ ስርዓት ተማሕዚኻ ክትግብትሲ ይበል ናእዳ Colluli Potash Project። ካብ ሽፍታ ዳኣሞ እንታዓይነት ልፍንቲ እዮም ክጽበዩ ይሓስቡ። ወይሉኡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራን መረታን ተጓሕጒሑ ንሖንቱ ዝበርስ ዘሎ ኣይ ህዝቢ ረቢሑሉ ኣይ ሃገር ለሚዒሉ እንትርፎ ቆፎ ህግደፍ ዝረብሓሉ ዘሎ። እሞኸኣ ተሓታትነት ዘይብሉ ብዘይ ቅዋማዊ ዓንቀጽ ናይ ኤርትራ ማዕድን ሚኒስትሪ መን’ዩ ተሓታቲ ዘይፍለጥ።
South Boulder is a 50% shareholder of the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC), a joint venture between South Boulder Mines Ltd and the Eritrean National Mining Company (ENAMCO).
South Boulder is currently working on the Feasibility Study to support the development of the project.
Paul, can you please outline the South Boulder joint venture relationship to the Eritrean government?
South Boulder Mines and the Eritrean National Mining Company (ENAMCO) are equal shareholders of the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC) which will develop the Colluli Potash project.
The joint venture company (CMSC) will seek to borrow 70% of the capital required for the first phase of the development.
South Boulder will contribute the remaining amount and will be preferentially paid back 50% of the contribution from project cashflows after third party debt payments.
Following first production, CMSC will seek to borrow funding or develop the project from cashflows.
How supportive have ENAMCO been in progressing studies on the project?
The Colluli Mining Share Company is now holding regular board meetings and focussing on the development of the project.
ENAMCO have been very supportive in progressing the project and have recently allocated a coastal area in close proximity to the resource for the future development of shiploading facilities.
How does the Colluli project differentiate itself from peers?
Colluli is the shallowest known potash deposit globally. This provides a significant advantage in the area of capital intensity. The resource is large, and in close proximity to both the coast and existing in country import/export facilities.
The scale of the resource, and the lower capital intensity make it ideal to develop in a modular fashion to mitigate safety, resource and capital risks – very few potash deposits have this advantage.
The three potassium bearing salts in the resource can be combined to produce potassium sulphate which is the focus of the current work.
If successful, this will make Colluli one of the most significant sources of potassium sulphate globally.
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