The imminent threat of disaster at the phosphogypsum stack at Piney Point appears to have subsided with officials overseeing Manatee County, Florida having ceased evacuation orders in the late afternoon of 6 April, returning over 300 nearby residents to their homes. The county commission voted to explore a long term solution for process water at the site via deep well injection, which had been considered in the past ten years but was ultimately never seriously pursued.
Salt Lake Potash announced, via a press release on 22 March, the commencement of process plant commissioning at its Lake Way Project near Wiluna, Western Australia. First time potassium rich harvest salts, precipitated from lake aquifer brine, have been fed into an SOP plant in Australia. First harvest salts have been successfully fed into the feed hopper, conveyed to the surge bin, run through the lump breaker, and then into the attritioning feed tank at the front-end of the process plant.
BCI Minerals has awarded approximately $90 million in contracts to Western Australian companies for its Mardie Salt and Potash Project on WA's Pilbara coast. Initial earthworks for the project have been granted to WBHO Infrastructure, which will construct the large-scale trial pond in April. WBHO will also construct ponds 1 and 2 after a final investment decision (FID) is made.
ICL, a leading global specialty minerals and specialty chemicals company, announced on 24 March it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Compass Minerals América do Sul S.A., which includes the South American Plant Nutrition business of Compass Minerals – after a planned carve-out of the existing water treatment and chemicals businesses – for approximately $402 million.
Emmerson Plc announced on 9 February that it has received approval from the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and the Environment for a mining licence for its Khemisset Potash Project. The licence provides the Company with the exclusive right to develop and mine the potash deposit, within the perimeter of the ML, in the Khemisset basin ahead of the anticipated initiation of construction by the end of 2021.