Salt project assessment
K+S Salt Australia’s Ashburton Salt Project will be managed by the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy as a controlled action, via an accredited assessment.
This follows the Western Australian Environment Protection Authority decision to assess the project by environmental review in late 2016.
K+S Salt managing director Gerrit Godecke said he was pleased the process for environmental approvals was confirmed.
“We look forward to engaging with the EPA and other key stakeholders through this process to minimise or avoid environmental impacts,” he said.
Mr Godecke said K+S Salt was preparing a scoping document to detail environmental studies to be undertaken.
This would be made public by the EPA as part of the approvals process which is expected to last several years.
When the necessary permits have been granted, in 2019 at the earliest, K+S would make a final decision on whether to build the solar salt production facility.
The proposed $350 million solar salt facility is 40km south-west of Onslow.
Annual production capacity would be about 3.5 million tonnes and the facility would provide about 75 full-time jobs.