WASMA Hero, Professor Colin Roberts

Professor Colin Roberts, a graduate of WASM and a member of the WA School of Mines Alumni,  has been appointed Executive Chairman of Salternas and will direct the feasibility study to construct and operate the world’s largest solar-salt project in Somaliland.

Preliminary studies have estimated the project could support up to 10 million tonnes a year of salt exports and generate more than $US6 billion ($7.6bn) in cash flow over an initial 20-year operating life. Salternas Pty Ltd through its fully-owned German subsidiary Salternas GmbH have initiated the integrated solar salt project leading to self-sustaining humanitarian relief creating an oasis with flow-on benefits such as the production of potable water, fresh vegetables, animal fodder, aquaculture and mariculture “Combining Philanthropy with Investment”.

If just one life can be saved it will be worthwhile. 6.2 million people are suffering in Somalia from lack of nourishment. Overall, some 388,000 acutely malnourished children are in need of critical nutrition support, including life-saving treatment for more than 87,000 severely malnourished children. We at Salternas are constructing plans to provide enough food, fresh water and fodder to exceed Somalia’s requirements.

In a nutshell, a proportion of the annual pre-tax cash-flow from the salt production (estimated at an eventual US$350 million (AU$450 million) will be reinvested to produce a major humanitarian program to produce enough food to create zero hunger.