Ercosplan Ingenieurgesellschaft Geotechnik und Bergbau (ERCOSPLAN) has received a feasibility study contract from Allana Potash for their Ethiopian potash project.
Currently additional equipment is being mobilised to the site, with the expansion of the camp underway and the study beginning immediately.
Allana Potash will consider an open-pit mining method along with solution mining within the relatively shallow potash deposit.
The management of Allana Potash will determine the optimal mining method at the initial production stage, at the end of the year, by examining the technical and economic parameters of open-pit and solution mining methods.
ERCOSPLAN will investigate the potential to extract potash via open-pit mining, along with solution mining and solar evaporation, to produce MOP and SOP products.
The feasibility study is estimated to be completed in the second half of 2012.