With the design, supply and commissioning support from the German consortium partners KKE, the production at Gensource Tugaske project is expected to begin by late 2022


Gensource officials touring Ebner fabrication facility in Eiterfeld, Germany. (Photo: Business Wire/ Gensource Potash Corporation.)

Gensource Potash has engaged a consortium of potash process design and equipment fabrication companies to work on its Tugaske project, reaching a major milestone.

The consortium includes three German companies namely K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies, Koeppern and Ebner.

While K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies is an expert in physical-chemistry, overall process development and engineering including practical bench and scale testing, Koeppern has expertise in drying, compaction and screening process design and compaction equipment design and manufacture and Ebner has expertise in cooling crystallisation process design and crystallisation equipment design and manufacture.

The consortium will deliver the project in a single design-supply-commission package

Known as KKE, the consortium will supply the entire main process plant is a single design-supply-commission package.

Gensource president and CEO Mike Ferguson said: “Moving forward with KKE demonstrates Gensource’s commitment to the Tugaske Project and re-affirms confidence in the successful outcome anticipated from the project financing process – leading to full execution of the Tugaske Project in the fastest and most efficient manner possible.

“The three companies of the KKE group have unrivalled global experience in the potash and salt industries and bring their tremendous know-how, experience and proven track record of success to our project.

“Together with Gensource, Engcomp, and SEC, KKE rounds out the world-class potash team that we have established, which will no doubt deliver a world-class sustainable potash production facility in Saskatchewan via the Tugaske Project.”

KKE will begin the detailed process and equipment design, leading to the fabrication and ordering of key equipment for the process plant.

Advancing the scope of the package will support a target of starting production at the Tugaske Project in late 2022, supplying product to its off-taker and future equity partner, Helm Fertilizers.

The work of the consortium will be integrated into the project by Gensource’s project delivery partners Engcomp Engineering & Computing Professionals and South East Construction.

Recently, Gensource announced that KfW IPEX-Bank and Société Générale are nearing completion of due diligence for the project’s financing.