Ethiopia has signed a mining agreement with Yara International for the development of Yara Dallol Potash Project.
Located in the Afar region in Ethiopia’s north is expected to have production capacity of approximately 600,000 tonnes of Sulphur of Potash (SOP) per year, equivalent to approximately 10% of the global market.
The deal signed by Ethiopian Minister of the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas Ato Motuma Mekasa, and Yara International president and Chief Executive Officer Svein Tore Holsether is expected significantly to economic development.
“We recognise and appreciate the efforts made by the Ethiopian government in supporting the project, both by providing necessary infrastructure and through making the mining agreement possible,” said Svein Tore Holsether.
Feasibility studies carried out in recent years indicate significant reserves of natural resources used for the production of SOP have been identified in the allocated exploration area.
SOP is a premium fertiliser product especially beneficial for fruit, vegetable and coffee crops.
The products will be mined using solution mining, meaning there will be no open pit at the site.
Yara Dallol is 51.8% owned by Yara International with the other owners being Liberty Metals and Mining Holdings with 25% and XLR Capital with 23.2%. A final investment decision is expected towards the end of 2018.
Total capital expenditure frame for the project is yet to be finalised, but significant efforts have been made to optimise expenditure, and the amount has been reduced from the previously estimated US$740 million.
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Its industrial and environmental solutions improve air quality by reducing emissions from industry and transportation, and serve as key ingredients in the production of a wide range of goods.
Founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe, today Yara has a worldwide presence, with close to 15,000 employees and sales to about 160 countries.