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South Harz Potash Limited’s initial site selection process is underway

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South Harz Potash Limited has announced that its initial site selection process has delivered three leading areas for locating the planned Ohmgebirge potash mine infrastructure and process plant. Baseline environmental mapping of these three potential sites, including fauna and flora surveying, has commenced in order to advance more detailed evaluation and final site selection.

South Harz Chief Operating Officer, Lawrence Berthelet, commented: "After an intensive initial evaluation process of potential sites, we have narrowed the list of focus locations to three areas, including one brownfield site. The three areas were selected on the basis of a number of factors including geological attributes, existing infrastructure (including underground), and minimisation of social and environmental impacts.”

The three selected areas are located:

  • Near the village of Bernterode-Schacht.
  • On the north-western edge of the Haynrode district.
  • Within the Regional Planning industrial area "RIG 2" on the outskirts of Leinefelde.

South Harz has engaged leading specialist consultant, ERM, to carry out the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Ohmgebirge project. This engagement includes the baseline environmental survey work outlined above.

South Harz Regional Director, Babette Winter, said, "We consulted with relevant regulatory authorities and local communities on the potential opportunities and challenges afforded by different sites. We are grateful for the continued support of the local communities in our advancement of the development activities for Ohmgebirge. Their feedback has been invaluable, highly constructive, and demonstrates the long history and knowledge of potash mining in this region. Through our local office, we remain in regular contact with all regional stakeholders of the Ohmgebirge project."

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