Salt giant keen to get local feedback
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.