Salt Lake Potash Ltd (ASX:SO4) (LON:SO4) (OTCMKTS:WHELF) has procured 90% of all major long-lead items for its process plant and non-process infrastructure in line with or ahead of schedule for its Lake Way Project.

The project in the Goldfields region of Western Australia remains on track for first SOP sales in the March 2021 quarter.

Chief executive officer Tony Swiericzuk said: “During the June quarter our procurement and engineering teams have been busy finalising contracts with suppliers and completing detailed engineering of the plant and non-process infrastructure.

“So far we have seen no impact to the project schedule from COVID-19 as we push towards first production in the March quarter of next year.”

Centrifuges in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

On track for development

The largest procurement package, the process plant crystalliser, commenced transit to Australia at the end of June and is expected to arrive at Fremantle Port in late July, weeks ahead of schedule.

Crystalliser loading onto ship in Guangdong province, China.

Other major plant components including centrifuges, attritioners, flotation cells, sizing screens, thickeners, rotary drier, impact crushers, lump breakers and conveyer belts have all been ordered.

In the coming weeks structural steel will start being erected on-site and several key plant components will arrive.

Drive assemblies for the Attritioner Cell being assembled in Puslinch, Ontario, Canada.