Salt gi­ant keen to get lo­cal feed­back

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Plans for a ma­jor new salt devel­op­ment near Onslow are mov­ing ahead with Ger­man salt gi­ant K+S Salt’s Ash­bur­ton Salt project mov­ing to­wards the en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals process.

In­for­ma­tion ses­sions for the pro­posed fa­cil­ity will be held in Ex­mouth and Onslow next month.

K+S Salt Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ger­rit Godecke said the project team was keen to meet lo­cal peo­ple, dis­cuss early plans and learn lo­cal views on how the project should be de­vel­oped.

“We are plan­ning a new so­lar salt project which is set to bring jobs and ex­cit­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“The project team, in­clud­ing my­self and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­tists, will be on hand to talk about the project and hear your views.

“We will be work­ing with lo­cal stake­hold­ers to en­sure the Ash­bur­ton Salt project is de­vel­oped to be­come one of the world’s most mod­ern salt fa­cil­i­ties, with strict en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards and long-last­ing ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity.”

Meet­ings will be held in Ex­mouth on Septem­ber 6 and 7, and Onslow on Septem­ber 8 and 9.

“Our aim from day one in plan­ning this project is to min­imise or avoid en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts,” Mr Godecke said.

“This early fo­cus means we have the flex­i­bil­ity to change the project de­sign as en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies are com­pleted and there­fore avoid or re­duce im­pacts.”

In Septem­ber K+S Aus­tralia will re­fer the project to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Author­ity, which will de­ter­mine the level of as­sess­ment it will be sub­jected to.

The en­tire ap­provals process is ex­pected to last two to three years, with a fi­nal de­ci­sion to be made in 2019 at the ear­li­est.

If ap­proved, the project would have at least a 40-year life span.

Dur­ing con­struc­tion the project would em­ploy about 200 full­time work­ers and once in pro­duc­tion would pro­vide at least 75 full-time lo­cal jobs as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses to pro­vide goods and ser­vices.

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