The proposed project, near Onslow Western Australia, is set to produce a total of 4.5 million tonnes of sodium chloride per annum, out of an ocean water intake of approximately 220 gigalitres and create 90 local jobs once operational.

BGER’s Study Manager and Principal Engineer, Shaun Holmes, led the project’s Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS). Shaun and BGER’s team of experts will work with K+S Group’s in-house salt processing specialists in Australia and Germany.

BGER specialises in engineering, design and project delivery with multidisciplinary experience and capability across multiple sectors including mine infrastructure and process plants, materials handling, ports and marine, haul roads, bridges, rail systems, NPI facilities, power supply and distribution. The company prides itself on providing technical excellence and fit-for purpose solutions for clients.

“Solar salt projects have unique engineering challenges, making it essential to include experts with robust experience in the embankment design, civil engineering and marine design,” said K+S Salt Managing Director Gerrit Gödecke.

“Shaun Holmes did an excellent job in the PFS and gained a deep understanding of the Ashburton Salt project. I look forward to him building on that experience and leading the BG&E Resources team to deliver another successful outcome.”

“With BG&E Resources’ local knowledge and K+S Group’s unparalleled understanding of salt production, I expect an accurate and detailed outcome.”

“The Ashburton Salt project is strategically important for us as it demonstrates our ability to successfully provide solutions for clients across multiple market sectors and showcases the talented people that we have in the business,” said BGER Managing Director Craig Bloxham.

“I’m proud that my team can help solve complex problems for clients and deliver projects from the study phase through to project execution.”

The Ashburton Salt Project is anticipated to achieve a number of important milestones in the coming months, the DFS being a significant stepping-stone towards Project realisation. Other milestones to be achieved include the environmental and tenure approvals.