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Development of BCI Minerals’ Mardie Salt and Potash Project (Mardie) is ramping up with main construction now underway, providing jobs for approximately 500 workers during construction of the world-scale project.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan today joined BCI Minerals’ Board, leadership team and stakeholders at the Pilbara project site, 100 kilometres southwest of Karratha, to officially launch the construction milestone.

Mardie will produce over 5Mtpa of salt and is slated to be the first salt operation in Australia producing high value sulphate of potash (SOP) fertiliser as a by-product. The project will have an operational workforce of 200 and will comprise nine evaporation ponds, salt and SOP crystallisers plus salt washing and SOP process plants. Product will be shipped onto capsize vessels from a 2.4km jetty with conveyor system.

Mardie is forecast to contribute approximately $4 billion of Gross Regional Product to northern Australia over a minimum 60-year operating life. Mardie has received Federal Government loan facilities of $600M through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) and Export Finance Australia (EFA).

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