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Encanto and Muskowekwan First Nation engage Golder for environmental studies

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Encanto Potash Corp. and the Muskowekwan First Nation have announced that they have engaged Golder Associates Ltd as a vital part of the next step in developing a major potash mine in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Golder is a consulting, design and construction services company. As part of Encanto's plan to significantly decrease both the OPEX and CAPEX for an advanced potash solution mine, Golder will prepare the following two studies for Encanto over the remaining summer months:

  • A water study to conclude the most appropriate and viable water supply for the Muskowekwan Potash Project with regards to both cost savings and environmental stewardship.
  • An Environmental Impact Study (EIS) gap analysis to determine all steps necessary to complete the full EIS and proceed with the environmental safeguarding for the entire project.

Richard Lively, Chief Operating Officer, said: “Golder has completed numerous environmental studies and work in Saskatchewan and around the world and is very respected in their field by both their peer group and government agencies.

“After careful consideration, we decided to appoint Golder as our partner to move ahead for this very important aspect of our project. Golder has an immaculate reputation and a wealth of experience to draw from. We feel very confident having them as part of our team moving ahead. Golder's experienced and dedicated team of professionals will be a great asset to Encanto and our plan to start moving this project forward is a meaningful and strategic manner.”

In the statement, Encanto claims that the engagement of Golder comes at a time when the financial support of the Government of Canada via funding through Indigenous Services Canada to support the upcoming engineering steps of the project has become available.

Lively added: “After much hard work and open communication, this initial government demonstration of support for a major Encanto/Muskowekwan First Nation project couldn't have come at a better time.”

With the participation of Golder, Encanto says that it is confident in their ability to deliver multiple updates to its stakeholders and the investment community in 4Q18. These reports will form the basis of a firm work plan to finalise and deliver a technically advanced and construction ready project by November next year.

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