Emmerson PLC (LON:EML) told investors it has now completed all of the workstreams required for an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for the Khemisset potash project in Northern Morocco.
The company noted that the ESIA package comprises two concurrent phases of work, an extensive baseline programme that started early in project development and the ESIA study itself which got underway earlier this year.
It highlighted that the work has been completed in line with International Finance Corporation (IFC) performance standards and the 'equator principles', which are global benchmarks for mining projects.
Findings from the report will be reflected in the final project design and upcoming front-end engineering design (FEED) process.
"We have said that we want to do the right things in the right way, with no exceptions,” said Graham Clarke, Emmerson chief executive.
“The ESIA has been done to the highest standard recommended by the World Bank, with no corners cut.
Clarke added: “The environmental and social impact of a new major project is of real importance to any company that concerns itself with maintaining a record of sustainability.
“We are confident that the results of our work will demonstrate that Khemisset is going to be accepted as an important new potash mine to the benefit of Morocco and the shareholders of Emmerson.”