The Environmental Protection Authority has advised that the Australian Potash Limited’s proposal to spend $140 constructing Australia’s first potash mine, located at Lake Wells, located approximately 160km north of Kalgoorlie, will be only be required “low-level” environmental assessment. The project is expected to ramp up quickly are being granted an exemption for the public comment period.
The proposal would include construction of an SOP processing plant, brine abstraction bores, evaporation ponds, raw water bore field, accommodation village and other associated infrastructure.
The EPA requires APC to submit sufficient information for it to understand how the project will be developed, and what impacts the development will have on the surrounding environment.
The level of assessment required will not require formal public environmental review, therefore reducing the time frames required for completion of an assessment.
Civil works are expected to be contracted by the first financial quarter this year.