New dicalcium phosphate manufacturing project planned for NW Qld | The Northwest Star

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Dicalcium phosphate production for livestock in North West Queensland could soon become a reality in 2022, following the approval of a pre-feasibility study. New Zealand-based Chatham Rock Phosphate is increasing its phosphate production with planned DCP manufacturing at Korella and Korella South, located southeast of Mount Isa. The mineral is an essential ingredient in the diet of all farm animals, including beef cattle in feedlots as well as all dairy cattle, as it supports healthy bone growth. DCP is currently an entirely imported product which has recently become subject to supply difficulties. Chatham Rock Phosphate chairman and chief executive Chris Castle said they were conducting a pre-feasibility study before production began. “Given the high demand for DCP in Australia and particularly in Queensland feedlots, attention has turned to phosphate sources in the Northern Territory and Queensland,” Mr Castle said. . “Since the merger of Avenir Makatea and CRP in July 2021, a detailed scoping study for the location of the DCP plant has been undertaken in collaboration with Prayon regarding the supply of the three key ingredients, phosphate, limestone and sulfuric acid.Three sites were considered, one in the Northern Territory and three in QueenslandAlso READ: Unleaded price hits new high at Mount Isa QR suspends Mount Isa line service in due to COVID Annual report under discussion at board meeting CIMIC wins Mica Creek solar power contract Beloved BB dog found after road accident ‘Following recent request for exploration area at Korella Sud adjacent to the Korella mine, the decision has now been made to proceed to the pre-feasibility study stage with the proposed plant to be located at Korella Sud and supplied with phosphate from the adjacent Korella mine. The 196 square kilometer Korella South exploration area will potentially increase phosphate reserves and associated rare resources. lands. Mr Castle said samples of Korella phosphate were being transported to phosphate technology specialists Prayon SA for testing to establish DCP production parameters. “As Korella and Korella South are located in the North West Queensland Mineral District, the two additional inputs, namely limestone and sulfuric acid, are readily available locally,” he said. “With samples expected to arrive in February 2022 at Prayon’s European testing center, first results are expected by the end of March 2022.” Chatham Rock Phosphate plans to become an international producer and marketer of low-cadmium rock phosphate. Following the acquisition of Korella in October 2021, Chatham will soon be a phosphate producing company with one mine and two ongoing projects. This DCP planned production announcement is the fourth milestone for Chatham and is the first initiative to add value to our phosphate deposits through the use of innovative technology. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY? Send letters to the editor or story tips to [email protected]


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