Brazil Potash recently presented its flagship Autazes Potash Project to students in the Technical Surveying Course at the Centro Tecnológico do Amazonas (CETAM). The centre trains professionals in mapping which is fundamental to engineering projects. This was an opportunity for students to learn about the project, an important potash project in Brazil, currently in the licensing phase.
Lúcio Rabelo, the director of ESG at Brazil Potash, said the presentation demonstrated to students the influence of the Autazes Potash Project on society, the economy, and the environment. According to Rabelo, CETAM students will have an opportunity to apply what they learned in the course when they participate in the Project.
Lucio Rabelo commented: “These are young people who are graduating, receiving a qualification, who will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they are receiving. They verified that, indeed, many opportunities will arise to help, in the great project that is being implemented here, so that the municipality can develop.”
At the moment, the Autazes Potash Project is in the environmental licensing stage. It has a prior license (LP) and is waiting for an installation license (LI) as a result of a legal agreement, at the Federal Court, between the firm and the Mura People, which was launched in 2019. The enterprise continues to be open to discussion with society about how the Autazes Potash Project can serve as one of Amazonas’ future development models.
The project will create 2,600 direct jobs every year during implementation Then, once the Potassium Chloride factory is operational, working from the soil of the Autazes Potash Project, 1,300 direct jobs will be created, as well as 17,000 indirect positions.
The finalist students were in attendance and the presentation was part of the last module of the course: Practices II, led by professor and engineer Márcio Góes. Professionals who will be responsible for mapping are educated during the Surveying course.
Mr. Góes commented: “I think this is something magical for us because we live in a region of magnitude, when it comes to geography, gigantic, with little investment. When we see a project like Autazes Potash Project, we are sure that the Amazon is here to make a difference in the world, with all our trees standing. And we come to believe when we know a project like this, that it is possible, yes, to bring progress keeping our forest, our fauna and our flora intact.”
The professor noted that it’s nice to see a project that improves the region, in addition to offering tremendous possibilities and infrastructure. He also said he has two perspectives on the Autazes Potash Project: one as a teacher and one as a riverside caboclo.
After the conclusion of the Project presentation, Fabiana Oliveira, coordinator of CETAM in Autazes, stated that she was satisfied. “I leave here with my heart overflowing with joy to know that we are included and that it is going to have a wonderful impact. We really need to know. When we know, our hearts are calmer, knowing we are on the right path,” she said.
The presentation of the Autazes Potash Project is vital for student Adriano Gomes since it gives him direction in his professional future and transforms people’s perception of the Project. “I arrived here and heard many people talking about the Potassium issue. And, today, we leave here with another mentality, which is really something that comes to add to our municipality, to our community. For us, who are leaving now, graduating, it is something very hopeful, where we will have our share of contribution”, he explained.