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Lac Business Group, Inc.

- Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

ABOUT LAC BUSINESS GROUP, INC.


Lac Business Group, Inc. (LBG, Inc.) is a Pennsylvania, USA based corporation created by his CEO/President Luis A. Coronel with a vast experience in Solar Salt Technology and Salt Engineering. Our consulting services started on 1996 with the key personnel of the Central Engineering Department of Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. just before the sale of Akzo Nobel Salt Inc, to Cargill. Mr. Coronel is Chemical Engineer with over 40 years experience worldwide in all aspects of analysis, design and implementation of salt operations and salt technologies. Because we are coming from the Akzo Nobel Salt, Inc. that was the largest Salt Company in world and our services on the Salt Industry we are very well connected in the USA and International Salt Business and we have a also a good network of resources specialized in the Salt Industry and Engineering for assisting our clients in different salt disciplines. Mr. Coronel Brief Background: Minera Bayovar S.A., Peru (4 years) Research Project Manager for producing Salt and Potassium Chloride from underground brine. Exportadora de Salt S.A., Mexico (11 Years) as Production Manager of the Solar Salt Operation and Research for Potassium Sulfate and ByProducts. International Salt Co./Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. (15 years) in Research, Engineering and Special Projects supporting mines operations, vacuum salt refineries and salt distribution centers besides Solar Salt Technology Management. Infinity Technology Group, Inc. & Lac Business Group, Inc. (13 years) as President of Salt Technology & Engineering giving worldwide management and technical assistance. Technical and management consulting services has been delivered Worldwide to countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, GhanaAfrica, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Oman-Arabia, Peru, Venezuela, USA and the Caribbean Islands.

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Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

ABOUT SALT TECHNOLOGIES


There are several Technologies for salt extraction and salt production. For explanatory purpose, lets condensate three (3) technologies:

1. Rock Salt or Mined Salt


Mined Salt or Rock Salt is obtained by extracting salt from underground salt layers or domes. The techniques used are standard mining operations, open pit mining, etc. Salt purity depends on the purity of the natural salt deposits. Mined rock salt is typically used as Industrial Salt and a Road Salt Deicer.

2. Salt Solution Mining


Solution Mining is obtained by pumping fresh water from a natural lake into underground salt deposits. By flowing the water through salt caverns, the fresh water is saturated in NaCl and is then pumped to brine deposits on the surface. The brine may then be treated with chemicals to eliminate impurities for the production of refined salt. Then, the brine is fed into multiple-effect vessels made of monel alloy where the water is evaporated by using steam and vacuum technology. The end product is crystallized salt. Because the use of steam, power and chemicals, this is the most expensive method to produce salt. A variant of this method is Mechanical Vapor Recompression (MVR) applicable when the economical balance shows that electricity is less expensive than using steam.

3. Solar Salt
Solar Evaporation is the process of producing salt from seawater or salty brines in a series of ponds by using solar energy. The process begins by pumping seawater or salty brine into the concentration area, where the brine flows continuously through evaporator-ponds until reaching saturation. Then the saturated brine is fed into the crystallizer-ponds where the salt is deposited. The crystallized salt is then harvested, washed, stockpiled and processed. Solar salt is typically used as industrial salt, and as a raw material for chlor- alkali plants. Recently it has become more recognized as an ideal gourmet salt due to its natural flavor. Solar Evaporation is the most economical way to produce salt, however it requires acceptable weather conditions, high evaporation, low rainfall and suitable land for ponds construction with negligible or acceptable seepage.

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Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

SOLAR SALT TECHNOLOGY


Solar Salt Technology is oriented, but not limited, to the production of Salt by solar evaporation of brine containing Sodium Chloride from Sea Water, Lake Brine or Underground Brine. By-products, including potassium, magnesium, chlorides, sulfates salts, etc. could also be obtained by solar evaporation of the bitterns. Bitterns is the remaining brine after the sodium chloride has been crystallized. Solar salt production requires flat impermeable areas for the construction of the solar ponds. In areas with more than normal acceptable seepage, lining could be used. High evaporation and low rainfall are the ideal weather conditions.

Solar Salt Process Description


The Sea Water or Brine is fed and continuously concentrated in a series of solar evaporation ponds until it reaches the Sodium Chloride saturation point. Some small amounts of iron and carbonate salt crystallizes in the concentration area between 3.5 to 16 Be. The major amount of Calcium Sulfate crystallizes between 13 to 23.5 Be. The remaining small amount of Calcium Sulfate is deposited in the crystallizers as impurities of the Sodium Chloride. A natural ecological system is developed in the ponds and varies as a function of the density. The ecosystem consists of fish, crustaceans, sea grass, seaweed, brine shrimp, brine fly, micro-algae, bacteria, protozoa, halophilic bacteria, etc. The natural mat of organic material, built on the floor, helps in reducing seepage. The saturated brine from the concentration area is transferred to the pre-crystallizers, pickle pond, to feed the crystallizers where 4 to 6 inches per year of salt is crystallized. Each crystallizer is drained and harvested once or twice per year. The salt is harvested and transported to the Washing Plant. The Washing Operation consists of using controlled saturated brine with low content impurities to remove the superficial impurities of the salt. A crushing operation could be added in order to expose internal impurities to washing, if coarse salt is not required. The impurities removed are insoluble, calcium, magnesium, sulfate and organic. The washed salt is stockpiled for further processing and/or shipping. The salt is processed on site or shipped by truck, rail and/or vessel to its final destination.

Solar Salt Technology


Solar technology applies the required techniques for designing the correct ratio of areas required as Concentrators and Crystallizers for obtaining high productivity of saturated brine, high productivity of salt and salt quality. Solar technology aids in reducing the production cost and increasing production and salt quality. Lower production cost and higher salt quality are those elements needed to aggressively compete in the salt market.

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Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA High salt productivity and salt quality from the solar salt operation is obtained by implementing an efficient brine management to optimize saturated brine production from the concentration area and optimize salt production in the crystallization area. The quality of the solar salt is defined by content of sodium chloride, production of premium coarse salt and salt whiteness. An efficient brine management in concentrators and crystallizers and an effective washing operation generates the production of high quality salt. Solar Salt competes with mine salt and evaporated salt. It has been demonstrated that a solar salt operation can produce the various types of salt that mines and/or evaporated plants can supply with the added advantage of a low production costs.

Bitterns and By-Products


The remaining brine discharged from the crystallizers is called bitterns. Normally the bitterns contain salts of potassium, magnesium, bromine, sulfates, chlorides, etc. By using solar evaporation techniques and process, by-products-salts are crystallized by fractional crystallization, mixing of brines, salt leaching, solar re-crystallization, etc. These operations are much less expensive than the conventional methods to produce, say potassium sulfate and/or potassium chloride. If a market is available, some by-products could be also economically recovered.

Typical Operations Involved in a Solar Salt Operation


Pond System Brine Management Solar Salt Production Harvesting Washing Quality Control and Research Salt Stockpiling and Reclaiming Ship-loading Solar Salt Processing & Packaging Warehousing & Salt Products Distribution

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Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

OUR SERCICES

For Corporate and Executive Management


Preliminary Project Evaluation Feasibility Studies Estimated Capital Investment Operating Cost and Timing Schedule New Investment Analyses Project Management Training of Personnel

For Engineering and Technical Personnel


Conceptual Plan and Layouts Process Description Material Balances Project Management of Small and Large Projects Process and Packaging System Design General Arrangement Drawings Product Flow Sheets Process Control Systems Plant Organization and Implementation Manuals of Operation and Maintenance Statistical Process Control Database Computerized Systems and Automation Product Specifications and Usage

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Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

SOLAR SALT - TYPICAL FLOW SHEET

Sea Water Intake Pumping Station Pumps & Flow

Concentration Area

Dikes & Channels

Brine Pumping Station Pumps & Flow Pre-Saturated Brine Pumping Station Pumps & Flow

Crystallization Area Dikes & Channels Hauling Roads

Harvesting & Hauling Auxiliary Equipment Harvesters Trucks

Wash Sea Water Pumping Station Pumps & Flow

Washing Plant Fines Pumps & Flow Washing Equipment Conveyors, etc

Washing Plant Fines Recovery System Pumps Hydroclones Screen Mesh Belts, etc.

Settling Pond Wash Brine Pumping St. Pumps & Flow

<== Waste to Settling Pond

Salt Processing Plant Packaging & Warehose

Stockpiling System Conveyors: Stackers Stockpiling Reclaiming System Reclaim Equipment Conveyors

Port Site and Ship-Loading

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Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Drive, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

LUIS A. CORONEL
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Chemical Engineer with over 40 years experience worldwide in all aspects of analysis, design and implementation of salt operations and salt technologies. Background Summary: Minera Bayovar S.A., Peru (4 years) Research Project Manager for producing Salt and Potassium Chloride from underground brine. Exportadora de Salt S.A., Mexico (11 Years) as Production Manager of the Solar Salt Operation and Research for Potassium Sulfate and By-Products. International Salt Co./Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. (15 years) in Research, Engineering and Special Projects supporting mines operations, vacuum salt refineries and salt distribution centers besides Solar Salt Technology Management. Infinity Technology Group, Inc. & Lac Business Group, Inc. (9 years) as President of Salt Technology & Engineering giving worldwide management and technical assistance. Technical and management consulting has been delivered Worldwide to countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Ghana-Africa, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Oman-Arabia, Peru, Venezuela, USA and the Caribbean Islands. November 1996 to present Lac Business Group, Inc., Dalton, PA President: Solar Salt Technology

One of the principals in organizing and integrating the Salt Technology and Engineering Division of Infinity Technology Group, Inc. & Lac Business Group, Inc. The division was initially formed with the key personnel from the Engineering Department of Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. The Akzo Nobel Engineering department was dissolved in 1996, before the sale of Akzo Nobel Salt to Cargill Salt in 1997. Ongoing consultation since 1996 in Solar Salt Technology: Planning, Design, Basic Engineering, and Project Management of New Projects and/or existing Solar Salt Operations, Enhancement and Optimization of Salt Quality and Salt Crystallization Production, Salt Harvesting, Hauling and Washing Technologies, Salt Processing and Refining Systems, Bitterns Research and By-Products. 1981 to October 1996 Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. Clarks Summit, PA. Manager of Solar Technology. I/G Production.

Responsible for the direction and application of solar technology and engineering through technical management to support existing and future solar salt holdings of Akzo Nobel Salt. Responsible for economically producing quality solar salt by solar evaporation of sea water and/or brine to meet the plans of Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. Responsible for managing major expansion projects and/or special assignments as directed by corporate management. Responsible for managing consultants, contractors, engineering and research firms. Liaison with the Corporate R&D and Engineering Divisions of Akzo giving technical assistance to solar salt operation for the planning, appropriations, and control of capital projects.
Phone: (570) 378-3734 Cellular: (570) 947-8001 E-Mail: lac@coronelgroup.com www.lacsalt.com
Jan-2008

Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Drive, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

Initiate study of new developments in solar salt technology, new concepts, innovative ideas, methods, and statistical processing data to understand and improve production, quality, efficiency and development of new products. Engineering and design of major expansions of the existing Akzo solar salt facilities for increasing solar salt production. Appropriation and management of $4 million (USD) for accomplishing expansion works. Technical and economical evaluations for International Salt Co., Akzo Nobel Salt America, and Akzo Nobel Salt Europe for numerous salt operations in Australia, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Peru, Venezuela, USA and several Caribbean Islands. Pilot ponds and weather stations were installed and monitored. Technical and economical feasibility studies completed. Provided technical assistance and feasibility studies to South American companies for salt production. Lead Manager of Akzos major project for installing a new Solar Salt Processing Plant with an investment of $US 8.5 million. Project started from scratch until completion on budget and on time. Managed of inhouse engineers, contracted engineers, designers, construction contractors, etc. Engineering assistance to Salt Distribution Centers with management of a major renovation with an investment of $US 2.4 million, conceptual design, funding, engineering, construction, installation and start-up. Design and development of a computerized system for managing and controlling capital expenditures, purchasing and processes. Organization and management of the Statistical Process Control Team for the installation of a computerized system for data acquisition, monitoring, and statistical process control at salt refineries. Appropriation and coordination of local and wide area network installation for various producing facilities to headquarters. Member of the research group for International Salt Co. and Akzo Europe. The most significant research study was the production of High Purity Brine as feedstock of Chlor-Alkaly plants. A corresponding pilot plant was installed with successful results. Designed and developed numerous computerized systems for: conveyor belt & pulley design, purchasing management, and simulation of salt mining, etc. Implemented a local area network System and databases for the management of engineering projects. Mass and energy balances and studies of the wet-end process of a salt refinery. Carried out simulation and statistical analyses to improve salt production. 1970 to 1981 Exportadora de Sal S.A. Baja California, Mexico. Production Manager

Potash Project Management. Development of a solar evaporation pond system for the production of Mixing Salt and Kainite as raw material for a potash plant. Developed unique technology for the production of Potassium Sulfate by solar evaporation. Project scaled-up to pilot plant with successful results. Company Management. Involved in management and administrative duties as well as company organization. Studies of Japans market for salt distribution. Technical and economical evaluation of the solar salt operations in the Pacific Rim, Australia, etc. Evaluation of a solar salt operation in Venezuela. Production Manager. Salt production increased 60% by re-engineering the pond system and optimizing brine management. Salt quality improved significantly by modifying the washing plant and reducing impurities 32%. Engineering, design and integration of new areas to increase salt production 58%.
Phone: (570) 378-3734 Cellular: (570) 947-8001 E-Mail: lac@coronelgroup.com www.lacsalt.com
Jan-2008

Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Drive, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

Research. Chemistry phase studies of sea water brines and bitterns for the production of salt, potassium, magnesium salts, etc. by solar evaporation. Research and feasibility studies for the production of byproducts such as magnesium chloride as slurry, magnesium salts, bromine, etc. 1964 to 1970 Minera Bayovar S. A., Piura - Peru. Potash Project Manager

Research and project management for the production of Carnallite, Sylvite (potash) and Salt by solar evaporation of underground brine. Successful research scaled-up to a commercial pilot plant. Yearly production capacity projected 250,000 Potassium Chloride and 2 million tons of Sodium Chloride - Salt. Developed unique technology for the production of pure Potassium Chloride by solar evaporation. Worked in the Chemical and Metallurgical laboratories in connection with a pilot plant for the production of Phosphates Concentrate.

SALT EXPERIENCE BESIDES SOLAR SALT TECHNOLOGY

As a Production Manager of ESSA Mexico, I was involved in several aspects of the salt Industry, such as logistic, maintenance, salt transportation, assisting sales and marketing efforts, technical visitation of clients plants, administrative duties, etc. as well as understanding and studying the Japanese and USA market, salt distribution, visiting and understanding competitor operation and processes in Australia, USA and other countries. As a Project Manager of the Engineering Department of Akzo Nobel Salt USA, we provided engineering and technology to all the mines, vacuum salt refineries, and salt distribution centers (salt processing and packaging plants). As a chemical engineer and as a manager I was involved in almost all the projects and supporting all the operations, mainly the vacuum salt refineries and the salt distribution centers. Applying technology as part of the Engineering Department of Akzo Nobel Salt I developed a mass and energy balance program for calculating performance of the vacuum salt plants. I was also a member of the International Research and Development department of Akzo Nobel Salt where we share the technology of Akzo Salt Europe (Vacuum Systems) and USA. As part of R & D, we conducted several research projects in the Vacuum salt plants. I was one of the engineers of Akzo Nobel Salt - USA selected for working in a multi million tons of salt vacuum plant project in USA, the largest in the world, known as the Mega Plant. After the merger of Diamond Crystal, the approval of the Mega Plant project (never build) and the reorganization of Akzo integrating Diamond Crystal, I became assistants of the Production VP as a Solar Salt Technology Manager attending also special projects. As a Solar Salt Technology Manager I worked for Akzo Nobel Salt - USA and Akzo Nobel Salt - Netherlands in different countries but I was also involved in budgeting and investments in Akzo Nobel USA, so I finished working directly with the Vacuum Salt Refineries. One of my initiatives was a project for a Computerized Monitoring System (CMS) with Statistical Processing Control (SPC) for Akzos Vacuum salt refineries, which was approved and funded. Before the selling of Akzo Nobel Salt to Cargill, I led and managed the installation of two CMS in two of the Vacuum Salt Refineries, one in Watkins Glen and the other one in Ohio.
Phone: (570) 378-3734 Cellular: (570) 947-8001 E-Mail: lac@coronelgroup.com www.lacsalt.com
Jan-2008

Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Drive, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

Upon leaving Akzo Nobel Salt to work as industry consultants, our group was contracted to design and install a new vacuum salt refinery in New York State for a Salt company based in Houston, Texas. The project consisted in extracting salt by solution mining, re-crystallize the salt by Vacuum or MVR and then classifying, packaging, etc. and create a gas deposit for third party. As consultants we performed the engineering and the design of the new refinery, unfortunately the salt refinery was never built. As a Salt Industry Consultant, I maintained strategic alliances with resources for the various disciplines required for the Salt Industry Projects which include chemical, mechanical, electrical, mining and civil engineers. In addition to being able to call on them for specialized details, they can be called upon as a team for complete projects such as the design and engineering of a new salt refinery. I also have connections with vendors for getting the required machinery and service estimates for economic and business decisions. In conclusion we are in the position of offering our services to assist clients in the various phases and types of salt project. I do consider myself highly knowledgeable of the overall technical and business aspects required for the planning and management of the various types of salt operations.

EDUCATION

BS - Chemical Engineering National University of Trujillo, Peru Languages: Fluent English and Spanish

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Finance and Accounting - American Management Association. Statistical Process Control - Center for Professional Advancement. Total Productive Maintenance - University of Toledo. Computerizing Maintenance Management - University of Toledo. Construction Estimating - Richardson Estimating. Project Management - Richardson Estimating. Project Management - Center for Professional Advancement. Industrial Programmable Control. IPC 520 PC Level II - Honeywell. D-Base II Plus Programming - American Institute. Computers. Hands on Troubleshooting - American Institute. Statistics and Experimental Design. Focus on Data - E.I. du Pont de Nemours.

Phone: (570) 378-3734 Cellular: (570) 947-8001 E-Mail: lac@coronelgroup.com www.lacsalt.com


Jan-2008

Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

LUIS A. CORONEL
SOLAR SALT PONDS DESIGN - PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

1974 1976

Exportadora de Sal S.A. Baja California, Mexico Re-engineered and re-designed Solar Pond System to increase salt production and improve salt quality. Implemented continuous brine flow management and bitterns discarding system. Optimized the use of the existing evaporation areas in conjunction with the design and build of new ponds. Increased production capacity from 3.5 million m-tons to 5.5 million m-tons of salt per year. Exportadora de Sal S.A. Baja California, Mexico Solar Salt Operations in Western Australia. Performed evaluation and assessment of the main solar salt operations in Australia, including Dampier Salt, Lake McCleoud, Port Headland and Shark Bay to define their production capacity and their ability to compete with Mexico. Exportadora de Sal S.A. Baja California, Mexico Los Salitrales project. Analyzed and designed nearby suitable areas for solar salt production and ultimately connected into the existing operation to increase salt production from 5.5 million m-tons of salt to 9.0 million tons of salt for a 6.5 m-tons salt market. International Salt Company, USA Caribbean Area project Searched for a new solar operation to provide salt to the East Coast of USA. The targeted production was for minimum of 1 million tons of salt per year. Studied several locations in the Caribbean area. Designed pond systems, however industrial construction was never performed. Built and monitored pilot ponds to allow for proof of concept. The following locations were included in the above studies: Turks and Caicos, several locations in Venezuela, Monte Cristi in Dominican Republic, Bahia Honda in Colombia, Corpus Christi en USA, Jamaica, etc. International Salt Company, USA. Project in Bahia Honda, Colombia Evaluated and investigated suitable areas for solar salt production in Bahia Portete, Bahia Honda and Bahia Hondita. Performed design to build a 3.5 millions tons of salt per year installation. Project was ultimately cancelled. International Salt Company, USA. Project in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. Designed and built a Pilot pond to define the parameters for the construction of a large solar salt pond system to yield a capacity of 1.5 million tons of salt

1976-1978

1976 to 1981

1981 - 1983

1981 - 1983

1981 - 1983

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Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA per year. Project was ultimately cancelled. 1982 - 1983 International Salt Company. Oklahoma project Private investors approached International Salt Co. for development a solar salt project in Oklahoma using underground brine. Performed project study and pond designs to complete feasibility study. International Salt Co. declined the project. Years after, Cargill USA bought the site and developed the project that is built and working today. Akzo Nobel Salt, USA. Los Olivitos project, Venezuela Produsal approached Akzo Nobel Salt, USA looking for a joint venture near Maracaibo. Reviewed project and ultimately performed complete revision including the re-design of the pond system. Completed Engineering and design. Akzo stepped out of the project and years after, Cargill USA built the Solar Salt operation that is working today. Akzo Nobel Salt, USA. Timpie Project in Utah Designed and built new solar salt pond system in Timpie, Utah to replace the flooded solar salt facility of Lake Point in Utah. The new pond system was designed and built for 1 million tons of salt and it is working today. As part of the project a new salt processing plant for drying and packaging the solar salt produced was engineered, designed and built. Akzo Nobel Salt Netherlands. Onslo project in West Australia Strategically, Akzo bought an existing solar salt operation in Western Australia. Participated in the evaluation of the Western operations of Dampier, Port Headland, Shark Bay and Lake McCleoud as well as the acquisition price which ultimately resulted in the decision being made to buy and build a solar salt project in Onslo, Western Australia. Accordingly, performed Due Diligence to complete project acquisition. Designed new solar salt operation for 4.5 million tons of salt to be developed in phases. Akzo ultimately developed the project and built the operation. Akzo Nobel Salt, USA. Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles Managed acquisition of funding and design of the expansion of the existing solar salt pond system from 350,000 m-tons to 550,000 m-tons per year in a coral land with seepage problems. System was completed and is working today. Infinity Technology Group, Inc. Salt project in Chile Performed feasibility study of a rapid salt dissolution system of nonmarketable fine mined salt, saturated brine production and salt recrystallization by solar evaporation. A pilot plant was built and the system worked. The project has not been built. Infinity Technology Group, Inc. Solar Salt Project in Dominican Republic

1991 - 1993

1993 - 1996

1994 - 1996

1994 - 1996

1999

1999

Feasibility Studies & Projects Evaluation Salt Processing & Refining Plants Quality Salt Production & Productivity S o l a r S a l t T e c h n o l o g y P o n d s D e s i g n & B r i n e M a n a g e m e n t Bittern & By-Products P h o n e : ( 5 7 0 ) 3 7 8 - 3 7 3 4 lac@coronelgroup.com h t t p : / / w w w . l a c s a l t . c o m

Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA for Salt dissolution of mine waste (dirty salt), saturated brine production and high purity salt re-crystallization by solar evaporation. Performed feasibility study and conceptual ponds design but project was ultimately cancelled. 2001 - 2002 Infinity Technology Group, Inc. Salton Sea California, USA Designed Pilot Pond Demonstration System to produce solar salt as a way to reduce the salinity of Salton Sea lake. Pilot Plant was built and it has been working during the last two years. Plans are for a large Solar Salt Pond system for producing and storing 5 million tons of salt per year. Project not yet approved and funded by the government. Lac Business Group, Inc. Giving consultancy on Solar Salt Technology, Transference of Technology, Feasibility Studies, Improving Salt Quality and Productivity, Research in Bitterns, works in By-Products form Bitterns such as Potash, etc. Because confidential agreement and no-disclosure information we should not list Companies Names but we can mention the countries serviced: such as: China, Colombia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Japan, Peru, UNICEFF in Guatemala and Dominican Republic. etc.

2003 - 2008

Feasibility Studies & Projects Evaluation Salt Processing & Refining Plants Quality Salt Production & Productivity S o l a r S a l t T e c h n o l o g y P o n d s D e s i g n & B r i n e M a n a g e m e n t Bittern & By-Products P h o n e : ( 5 7 0 ) 3 7 8 - 3 7 3 4 lac@coronelgroup.com h t t p : / / w w w . l a c s a l t . c o m

PROJECTS PLUS, LLC

George H. Wilkinson III


Professional History
International Salt Co. Clarks Summit PA Engineering Manager Complete project responsibilities Oversee and direct work of project engineer May 2003 March 2008

Engineering & Production Manager Responsible for all engineering, production and inventory planning for four packaging facilities, plant managers reported to me. Watkins Engineers & Constructors / Fru Con Cost Control and Scheduling Manager Consultant American Rock Salt: Dry Process and Material Handling systems Detroit Salt Crusher and Screen Plant Cargill Salt , Cleveland OH Senior Mine Engineer Responsible for a six person engineering department. Assigned to conduct a de-bottleneck study April 1997 June 1997 1998 May 2003

1997 May 2003

Akzo Nobel Salt, Inc. - Clarks Summit PA August 1988 April 1997 Senior Staff Engineer Process and facility projects in Solar, Evaporated, Rock Salt, and Salt Service Center Sites Provided upper management with project feasibility studies. Directed the work of department engineers and designers.

Akzo Nobel Salt, Inc. - Retsof NY / Avery Island LA Positions Held Senior Design Engineer Project Engineer Design Draftsman Draftsman

May 1968 Aug 1988

Work experience at all levels and phases of plant projects from concept to creation.

George Wilkinson 63 Susquehanna Ave. Tunkhannock, PA 18657

Bus./Mobile: 570.903.3674 Home: 570.836.2821 projectsplus@epix.net

Lac Business Group, Inc. - Salt Technology & Engineering


RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA

KEY PERSONNEL CHARLES P. FIORENZA, PE


A licensed Professional Engineer and Surveyor who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology. He was co-founder of Infinity Technologys Engineering Division and is the President of GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY GROUP. Charlie has 38 years of engineering experience and was the Director of Project Engineering at Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. He has directed the planning, scheduling and controlling of construction / material handling projects from conception to completion. His groups have completed the Engineering work on a 175 million dollar Process Plant, a 50 million dollar By-Product Salt Facility, a 10 million dollar plant expansion, and a major building revamp/new compaction system. Other positions held at Akzo/International Salt included Engineering Manager, Packaging Warehouse Manager and Design Engineer. Prior to his experience at Akzo Nobel Salt Inc., he was a Junior Designer at Bethlehem Steel Company and an Assistant Project Engineer for the Indiana State Highway Commission.

CHARLES J. BEYRENT
Chuck received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University. He has his EIT and is working for Professional Engineering Certification. Chuck has 12 years of experience in business and industry. He is currently Vice President of GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY GROUP. Chuck has previously experienced ownership or partial ownership with CB Consulting and Infinity Technology. At Infinity he performed information management consulting, development of database systems to collect and disseminate data, design of local area and wide area networks, Programmable Logic Controllers and Distributed Control Systems. At CB Consulting he designed electrical & instrumentation systems for conveyors, screens, washing, drying, and bagging equipment as well as electrical distribution and environmental monitoring systems. Prior to consulting, he spent 4 years at Akzo Nobel Salt, as a Project Engineer where he designed electrical distribution and control systems using programmable logic controllers. Chuck gained practical experience as an Industrial Electrician / Mechanic for Jaunty Textile where he was a troubleshooter on equipment and controls in an industrial environment. He is proficient in designing and implementing relational database systems.

MICHAEL A. SLESINSKI, PE
A licensed Professional Engineer who received a Bachelor Of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Detroit and a Masters in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. Mike joined Infinity / GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, as a Senior Process Engineer. He has 22 years of experience in the chemical and food industries and was a Project Manager for Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. He was responsible for performing engineering audits and developing material and energy balances for the evaporated salt plants. He managed the preparation of a basic engineering package for a $40 million salt evaporation and drying facility. His previous experience included being a
Feasibility Studies & Projects Evaluation Salt Processing & Refining Plants Quality Salt Production & Productivity S o l a r S a l t T e c h n o l o g y P o n d s D e s i g n & B r i n e M a n a g e m e n t Bittern & By-Products P h o n e : ( 5 7 0 ) 3 7 8 - 3 7 3 4 lac@coronelgroup.com h t t p : / / w w w . l a c s a l t . c o m

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RR 3 - 79 Maple Road, Dalton, PA 18414 USA Maintenance Supervisor and Project Engineer at American Cyanamid Company where he was responsible for the operation of boilers, cooling towers and utility systems, and for directing safety inspections. Mike was instrumental in the design, installation and start up of capital projects including a boiler, an organic resins filtration system and modification of an existing building to provide for expansion of the plants quality control lab. He also was employed as a Process Engineer at Cordova Chemical Company and Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Corp. where he conducted plant process studies and energy audits to identify production bottlenecks and evaluated a number of specialty chemical processes to determine the feasibility of manufacturing new products. He was responsible for plant process and energy studies for a chlor-alkali facility and for the design, construction and start up of capital projects valued at $1.5 million.

JOSEPH J. FAYOCAVITZ
Joe received a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He is highly efficient in the collection and dissemination of research data, and design of relational database systems for the support of plant operations and project cost management. Joe is a Project / Systems Engineer with the GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY GROUP. He is proficient in AutoCad Release 13, AutoCad Drawing Board, Visual Basic, MS DOS, MS Access, MS Project, MS Office Professional, LANSmart peer to peer, Windows 3.11 (Platform), Windows NT, etc. Joe has developed a marketable Visual Basic Program to assist in the design of Belt Conveyors following the CEMA Standards, and recently redeveloped a Job Cost Relational database from Dbase to Ms Access 7.0. The database handles all hours and expenses for 140 employees in an architectural/design firm.

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REFERENCES
Isaias Flit Quimpac S.A. Av. Nestor Gambetta 8583 - Casilla 3741 Lima Callao PERU Phone: +011- (511) 614-2013 iflit@quimpac.com.pe Richard Kurcina Resources Partners, LLC. 7971 Deni Dr Suite 100 N Fort Myers, Fl 33917 Phone: (239) 731-3009 rak@resourcepartners.org Walter Meierhofer Bertrams Salt Plants, Ltd. Neuwiesenstrasse 69 CH-8400 Winterthur Switzerland Phone: 011-41 52 260 50 71 walter.meierhofer@bertrams-salt.ch Ir Paul Breuning Akzo Nobel Chemicals Stationsplein 4 Box 247 3800 AE Amersfoort The Netherlands Phone: +31 (33) 467-6333 Paul.Breuning@AkzoNobelSalt.com Walter Fitzgerald Former: Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. 926-4 Lakeside Bluff Rd Waterport, NY 14571-9716 Phone: (585) 682-0150 Zoutfitz@rochester.rr.com

Feasibility Studies & Projects Evaluation Salt Processing & Refining Plants Quality Salt Production & Productivity S o l a r S a l t T e c h n o l o g y P o n d s D e s i g n & B r i n e M a n a g e m e n t Bittern & By-Products P h o n e : ( 5 7 0 ) 3 7 8 - 3 7 3 4 lac@coronelgroup.com h t t p : / / w w w . l a c s a l t . c o m