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Monday 08 October, 2018

Emmerson PLC

Very Low Capital Cost Logistics Solution Potential

RNS Number : 2059D
Emmerson PLC
08 October 2018
 

Emmerson Plc / Ticker: EML / Index: LSE / Sector: Mining

08 October 2018

Emmerson Plc ("Emmerson" or the "Company") 

Potential for Very Low Capital Cost Logistics Solution at Khemisset Potash Project

 

Emmerson Plc, the Moroccan focused potash development company, is pleased to announce that it has completed the preliminary design and cost estimates for the road connection component of the Scoping Study, which is being completed for its 100% owned Khemisset Potash Project, located in northern Morocco ("Khemisset" or "the Project").  These estimates have confirmed the potential for significant capital cost savings for the Project due to its proximity to excellent infrastructure. To view the press release with the illustrative maps and diagrams please use the following link: 
http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/2059D_1-2018-10-7.pdf

 

Highlights

·   Total budgeted cost for construction of access roads to allow product shipment via the A2 toll road is approximately US$1.3m including a 30% contingency

·   Estimated capital cost saving for similar work package of approximately 99%, or over US$130m, relative to estimates for average Canadian potash mine development[1]

·   Proposed site location requires only 1.2km of paved roads to be constructed to connect the Project to existing high-quality highway (A2 toll road), with an additional 3km of gravel internal roads also included in the design estimate

·   No requirement to construct expensive rail spur connections

·   Design and estimate completed by independent engineering group, Golder Associates ("Golder"), according to AusIMM guidelines for capital cost estimates

·   Further enhances Management's strong belief in potential for Khemisset to be a low capital cost potash mine development, following the announcement of low capex mine access which has the potential to save Emmerson over US$1bn when compared to benchmark projects (refer RNS dated 18 September 2018)

·   Scoping Study providing the full Project economics is on track for delivery in Q1 2019

 

Hayden Locke, CEO of Emmerson, commented: 

"In the development of a potash mine, low capital cost to production is integral in demonstrating economic viability in any commodity price environment. The Khemisset Project benefits from its proximity to outstanding infrastructure including existing, high quality, highways and ports.  Access to this infrastructure results in significant capital cost savings in construction, especially when compared to other development stage potash projects globally, which typically require significant investment in roads and rail connections to transport their product to an export port.

 

"The design and cost estimates for the access to mineralisation, via decline, highlighted significant cost savings already available to the Khemisset Project. This announcement further enhances our belief that the Scoping Study for Khemisset will present a low capital cost, high margin proposition which should result in compelling economic metrics.

 

"We will continue to keep the market informed of the progress of our engineering works and we will release key components of the Scoping Study (as outlined in our 6 September 2018 RNS), which we are confident of delivering to the market by early Q1 2019."

 

Comparison to Peers

The Scoping Study road access design and costing for the Khemisset Project, completed by independent engineers Golder, indicates that the capital cost requirement to connect to key transport infrastructure should be far lower than the equivalent road and/or rail connection for the majority of potash development projects globally. A comparison to other development stage potash projects is shown in Figure 1 below.

 

Road Connection Overview

Golder, which was appointed by the Company to manage the delivery of its Scoping Study, has completed basic design and cost estimates for the road connection at Khemisset. Designs and estimates have been prepared in line with Scoping Study guidelines provided by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy ("AusIMM").

 

The planned location of the connection of the proposed site to the A2 highway has been selected as it is both close to site and is an ideal straight section of the highway to allow an appropriate safe connection. Figure 2 below indicates the proposed location for connection to site.

 

1km of the main connection to the highway will be paved, with the remainder of site roads being unpaved gravel roads.

 

The proposed design of the paved road is as follows:

·     40mm AE-2 asphalt surface wearing course

·     150mm G1 base course layer works

·     150mm cement stabilised sub-base layer works

·     150mm G6 upper selected layer works

·     150mm G9 lower selected layer works

 

The proposed design of the unpaved roads will allow significant heavy vehicle traffic, and is as follows:

·     150mm G4 natural gravel wearing course layer works

·     150mm cement stabilised sub-base layer works

·     150mm G6 upper selected layer works

·     150mm G9 lower selected layer works

 

The A2 toll road is a four-lane motorway which extends from Casablanca all the way to Fez in the north east of the country. Importantly, it runs to within 10km of one of the proposed export ports at Mohammedia. Figure 3 is photos of the road infrastructure already in place.

 

Cost Estimation

The total budgeted capital cost required to connect the Khemisset site to existing highway infrastructure is approximately US$1.25 million including a 30% contingency. Cost estimation for the road connection construction has been conducted in line with Scoping Study levels of accuracy of approximately ±30-50%.

 

A summary of the cost breakdown is presented in Table 1 below:

 

Item

US$ millions

Direct Costs

   $963,000

Earthworks, clearing and grubbing

$350,000

Road construction

$613,000

Contingency (30%)

$289,000

Total Direct Costs including Contingency

$1,252,000

Table 1: Summary of Direct Costs for Road Transport Connection

 

**ENDS**

For further information, please visit www.emmersonplc.com, follow us on Twitter (@emmerson_plc), or contact: 

Hayden Locke

Emmerson Plc

Tel: +44 (0) 207 236 1177

Edward McDermott

 

 

James Biddle

Roland Cornish

Beaumont Cornish Limited

Financial Adviser

 

Tel: +44 (0) 207 628 3396

 

Jeremy King

 

Optiva Securities Limited

Broker

Tel: +44 (0) 3137 1904

 

 

 

Lottie Wadham

Gaby Jenner

St Brides Partners Ltd

Financial PR/IR

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7236 1177

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to Editors

Emmerson's primary focus is on developing the Khemisset Potash Project located in Northern Morocco.  The project has a large JORC Resource Estimate (2012) of 311.4Mt @ 10.2% K2O and significant exploration potential with an accelerated development pathway targeting a low capex, high margin mine.  Khemisset is perfectly located to capitalise on the expected growth of African fertiliser consumption whilst also being located on the doorstep of European markets. This unique positioning means the project will receive a premium netback price compared to existing potash producers. The need to feed the world's rapidly increasing population is driving demand for potash and Emmerson is well placed to benefit from the opportunities this presents.

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

[1] Based on Hatch Engineering Study, 2012 (http://publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/310/93667-PotashRequirementGuide%20Rev1.pdf)    with 30% contingency added.


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