AMEC Americas to undertake Ethiopia potash project design

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Addis Ababa, 13 August 2014 (WIC) – TSX-listed Allana Potash has appointed engineering and project management company AMEC Americas to undertake the front-end engineering design (Feed) on its one-million-tonne-a-year muriate of potash (MoP) Danakil project in Ethiopia.

This comes as preparatory work gets under way in anticipation of the completion of project financing.

AMEC would undertake the work, which was expected to take six months to complete, primarily from its Saskatoon office in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The study would cover a number of facilities including process, maintenance and service buildings; conveyance to and from the ponds; product storage; truck loading; power generation and fuel storage; general roads and other project infrastructure; temporary and permanent work camps; and port facilities.

During the Feed engineering phase, the project management company would also prepare a project management plan; develop a project engineering, procurement and construction schedule; prepare the principal design criteria; complete civil, concrete and steel material take-off agreements; and initiate procurement through formal requests for quotation for long-lead items.

“We look forward to working with AMEC to optimise and finalise the project design and advance the project to the next level.

“The initiation of the Feed work is a first for the potash industry in Ethiopia and represents another milestone accomplishment for Allana and the government of Ethiopia,” Allana president and CEO Farhad Abasov said in a statement. (Mining Weekly)