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Thursday 21 May, 2020

Danakali Limited

Colluli SOP Project Update

RNS Number : 5979N
Danakali Limited
21 May 2020
 

Announcement

Thursday, 21 May 2020

 

Colluli SOP Project Update

EPCM Phase 2 - FEED and Schedule update near completion.

 

EPCM Phase 2 now in final stage, on budget, with completion in June 2020

All contractor and vendor tender packages now returned allowing the evaluation stage to be completed

Additional optimisation opportunities defined as part of the EPCM Phase 2 deliverables

Danakali Limited (ASX: DNK, LSE: DNK, Danakali, or the Company) is pleased to provide this project update of the Colluli Potash Project (Colluli or the Project), located in Eritrea, East Africa. The Project is 100% owned by the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC), a 50:50 joint venture between Danakali and the Eritrean National Mining Corporation (ENAMCO).

 

Even in light of COVID-19 restrictions, all EPCM Phase 2 workflows continued and all vendor and contractor packages have now been received in complete form. The receipt of these bids allows DRA Global (DRA) to finalise the tender evaluation process to provide a technically compliant and commercially favourable estimate.  

 

Three key objectives set for the EPCM Phase 2 are:

Update of the FEED Capital Estimate;

Revision of the FEED Project Schedule; and

Identification of key test work required to ensure full preparedness for EPCM Phase 3.

 

Completion of the identified test work items provides key data necessary to finalise process plant design development and will allow advancement into EPCM Phase 3 with clear direction.

 

A number of optimisation opportunities to improve project design will be presented at the end of EPCM Phase 2.

 

Announcement authorised for release by the Chief Executive Officer of Danakali.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Danakali

 

Niels Wage

Chief Executive Officer

+61 8 6189 8635

Mark Riseley

Corporate Development Manager

+61 8 6189 8635

Corporate Broker - Numis Securities

UK IR/PR - Instinctif Partners

John Prior / James Black / Paul Gillam

+44 (0)20 7260 1000

Mark Garraway / Dinara Shikhametova / Sarah Hourahane

[email protected]

+44 (0)207 457 2020

 

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About Danakali

 

Danakali Limited (ASX: DNK, LSE: DNK) (Danakali, or the Company) is an ASX- and LSE-listed potash company focused on the development of the Colluli Sulphate of Potash Project (Colluli or the Project). The Project is 100% owned by the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC), a 50:50 joint venture between Danakali and the Eritrean National Mining Corporation (ENAMCO).

 

The Project is located in the Danakil Depression region of Eritrea, East Africa, and is ~75km from the Red Sea coast, making it one of the most accessible potash deposits globally. Mineralisation within the Colluli resource commences at just 16m, making it the world's shallowest known potash deposit. The resource is amenable to open cut mining, which allows higher overall resource recovery to be achieved, is generally safer than underground mining, and is highly advantageous for modular growth.

 

The Company has completed a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the production of potassium sulphate, otherwise known as Sulphate of Potash or SOP. SOP is a chloride free, specialty fertiliser which carries a substantial price premium relative to the more common potash type; potassium chloride (or MOP). Economic resources for production of SOP are geologically scarce. The unique composition of the Colluli resource favours low energy input, high potassium yield conversion to SOP using commercially proven technology. One of the key advantages of the resource is that the salts are present in solid form (in contrast with production of SOP from brines) which reduces infrastructure costs and substantially reduces the time required to achieve full production capacity.

 

The resource is favourably positioned to supply the world's fastest growing markets. A binding take-or-pay offtake agreement has been confirmed with EuroChem Trading GmbH (EuroChem) for up to 100% (minimum 87%) of Colluli Module I SOP production.

 

Development Finance Institutions, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank), have obtained formal credit approval to provide CMSC with US$200M in senior debt finance. The credit documentation was executed in December 2019, allowing drawdown of CMSC senior debt on satisfaction of customary conditions precedent. This represents the majority of funding required for the development and construction of the Colluli. AFC has also executed a Subscription Agreement to make a US$50M strategic equity investment in Danakali. The receipt of the first tranche of US$21.5M (A$31.8M) allowed commencement of the development.

 

Project execution has commenced and SOP production is expected during 2022. The Company's vision is to bring Colluli into production using the principles of risk management, resource utilisation and modularity, using the starting module (Module I) as a growth platform to develop the resource to its full potential.

 

 

Disclaimer

 

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