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Emmerson completes Environmental Baseline Study for Khemisset potash project

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Emmerson Plc., the Moroccan focused potash development company, has completed an Environmental Baseline Study for the Khemisset Potash Project.

The findings of the Baseline Study highlighted no fatal flaws to the future development of the Project, as envisaged in the Scoping Study completed in November 2018.

The Scoping Study concluded that Khemisset has the potential to be among the lowest capital cost, highest margin potash projects in the world, with forecasted EBITDA margins in excess of 60% and a post-tax NPV10 of over US$1.1 billion, based on industry expert price forecasts.

Hayden Locke, CEO of Emmerson, commented: "We are delighted with the successful completion of the Environmental Baseline Study, the results of which show there are no environmental or social red flags which could impact our planned accelerated development schedule.

"The completion of the Baseline Study is an important step forward and allows us to continue to rapidly advance the Project while minimising the potential for adverse social and environmental impacts in the future.

"Our consultants, Phénixa and OTEBA, have delivered a thorough and professional study which sets a fantastic precedent for the planned high standard environmental and social impact assessment, in addition to our ongoing monitoring and risk management programmes.

"As we advance our planning for construction of the Project, we are committed to complying with global guidelines such as the IFC Performance Standards, which are important for future financing discussions.

"We look forward to continuing to deliver on our many development objectives and timelines as the year progresses and we move the world class Khemisset Project towards production."

The Baseline Study was completed by Phénixa, who have extensive experience consulting on environmental matters for natural resources and industrial projects in Morocco. Oversight was provided by international consultants OTEBA who have global experience overseeing environmental and social studies which are compliant with International Finance Corporation (IFC) standards and Equator Principles.

These standards are the global benchmark for the development of mining projects and complying with them is vital for mining projects, those seeking finance from international capital providers, in particular.

The Baseline Study assessed the potential impacts of the Project on various aspects within the project area including:

  • Land uses, social settings, and habitat types
  • Soil types, flora, and fauna
  • Climate, topography & elevation
  • Surface water, and ground water
  • Archaeology, anthropology, and cultural heritage

The Baseline Study reported no areas of concern that would significantly alter the planned scale, location, cost, or profitability of the Project. Planning is underway for the commencement of full ESIA, including ongoing baseline studies, which will form the core component of the application for the Mining Licence for Khemisset.

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