Emmerson, the Moroccan focused potash development company, has awarded the balance of the Basic Engineering scope of the Khemisset Potash Project in northern Morocco outside of the Mineral Processing Facility to Reminex SA, the engineering arm of the Moroccan mining company Managem Group. The Basic Engineering package for the Mineral Processing Facility was awarded to Barr Engineering in November 2021. The ability to award the Basic Engineering for the project has been facilitated by the proceeds from the recent transformational strategic investment by the Singaporean fund Global Sustainable Minerals and Gold Quay Capital. This enables the Company to continue project development alongside activities pursuant to financial close.
Reminex is the engineering arm of Managem Group, the Moroccan mining company that designs, builds and operates mines in Morocco and Africa. Emmerson says it continues to build capacity to enable execution of the EPCM strategy following completion of the Basic Engineering works. Graham Clarke, CEO, commented: “The award of the balance of the Basic Engineering comes as a result of a thorough competitive tender process executed by the Project team and enables us to continue towards full EPCM commencement during the year of 2022. Reminex has extensive experience accrued over decades of operating within the Moroccan mining sector. Its substantial expertise will be vital for adapting our Khemisset Project to the local standards and for the provision of advice and assistance in the remaining permitting and due diligence processes alongside Basic Engineering.”
He added: “2022 will be a transformative year for the Company as we execute the final workstreams towards construction. We are expecting to make progress concurrently on drilling activities, Basic Engineering, discussions with other potential equity and lending banks, preparations for EPCM execution and finalisation of permitting activities. The Emmerson team look forward to working closely with Reminex to build long-term benefits for the kingdom of Morocco.”
The award of this scope to Reminex enables the completion of the entire Project Basic Engineering. Reminex has also partnered with the Canadian engineering firm BBA to add a further level of due diligence on design assurance, operational readiness, and risk management. This configuration allows the company to design the project infrastructures in compliance with Moroccan requirements whilst also benefitting from the additional experience of an internationally renowned partner. Further to this, the company intends to engage into a long-term technical partnership of its own to undertake similar functions during the upcoming EPCM phase.
The scope of works included covers the following packages: Water supply solution to mine site; power supply solution to mine site; mine site access including highway junction; mine site infrastructure; portal & access declines and Tailings Storage Facility.
Reminex is the Research & Development, Engineering and Project Delivery arm of Managem Group, an international and integrated Moroccan mining group, operating for more than nine decades and established in nine countries across Africa. For 40 years, Reminex has been able to rely on the professionalism and expertise of its engineering team to deliver and improve mining assets of Managem before it recently started delivering projects for external clients that have operations in Morocco and in West Africa.
Reminex has combined capabilities in process design, mine design, project engineering, project delivery to a proven track record in operating mines and process plants in various projects including salt, gold, silver, copper, cobalt, zinc and lead in different locations including Morocco, Guinea, Sudan, Gabon, Niger, DR Congo. Its international experience includes the recently commissioned $200 million Tri-K gold mine in Guinea.