Ashburton Salt Feasibility Study


West Pilbara, Western Australia


K+S Salt Australia


+61 8 6375 9100

We have undertaken the full Detailed Feasibility Study for a new solar salt production and export facility in Western Australia.

K+S Salt Australia Pty Ltd (K+S) is seeking approval for the construction of the Ashburton Solar Salt project located 40 km southwest of Onslow.

The proposed facility is located across existing coastal salt flats at the top of the Exmouth Gulf on a greenfield site and is ideally positioned for solar salt evaporation and production. Once completed, the project will generate 4.7 million tonnes per annum of high-purity salt.

Work delivered by BG&E Resources for the Detailed Feasibility Study included designing all components of the project including the seawater intake, transfer pump stations, salt concentration ponds, salt crystallisers, brine transfer systems, salt wash plant, stockyards and reclaim circuit, NPI facility, overland conveyor, and a new trans-shipment port marine facility.

As part of the study, we assessed the capital cost and project implementation schedule and developed the project execution strategy. Our team also undertook Value Improvement Practice (VIP) activities to identify capital cost savings.

The project has recently progressed to a public environmental review through the Environmental Protection Authority, which will remain open over a twelve-week period until 4 September 2023. Once approved, it is likely that the project will be green-lighted for construction in 2024.

For more information, please refer to the K+S Salt Australia project website: Stronger with Salt

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