Western Resources Corp. (TSX: WRX) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary Western Potash Corp. ("Western") has entered into a cost-reimbursable construction services agreement (the "Agreement") with Stuart Olson Prairie Construction Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bird Construction Inc. (TSX: BDT) ("Bird"), as general contractor to continue the bulk of the remaining construction work for the Company's Milestone Phase I Project (the "Project"). Project construction was put on hold in May 2020 when the process plant was approximately 50% complete.
The Agreement resolves all prior outstanding issues between Western and Bird and establishes a new time & material ("T&M") based contract governing completion of the remaining Project work. The scope of work will be focussed on process plant section completion, including certain steel and pipework, completion of major equipment installation, electrical and control system completion, building and site work. Bird will begin mobilization in early June, with an anticipated maximum workforce of around 100 people expected at the site. Construction is expected to be completed by Q2, 2023, and followed by a three-month general commissioning, with production to start up in Q3 of 2023.