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Environmental approval process for Khemisset reaching completion

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Emmerson has said that the environmental approval process for its Khemisset potash project in Morocco is reaching completion.

In a statement, the company said that all technical work has been completed, submissions made, and a review meeting has been held with the Environmental Evaluation Committee (EEC).

It is now awaiting final approval to be called for the evaluation meeting by the EEC, expected to be received imminently, subject to COVID restrictions in Morocco.

Emmerson has also lodged applications for the renewal for the remaining research permits that were not part of the Mining Licence area, with a positive outcome expected in 3Q21.

Graham Clarke, CEO of Emmerson, commented: “Excellent progress has been made on many fronts as we look to fast-track the project to production and take advantage of the strong potash market fundamentals, particularly in Africa given we are ideally located to supply this market.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team and our consultants for the exceptional work that has brought our ESIA application to the final step of approval, particularly when the impact of COVID on the ability to conduct face to face meetings is taken into account.

“Notably, we are also continuing positive discussions with strategic investors and due diligence for the wider project debt finance, as we focus on achieving our overall timeline to commence early construction works in Q4 2021.”

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