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Akobo Minerals awards ESIA contract to TS Environment Technology

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Akobo Minerals continues development of its environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) - an important step in the development towards start of mining at the Segele Project. An ESIA contract has been awarded to TS Environment Technology Plc, a leading provider of such services in Ethiopia:

  • TS Environment has undertaken over 50 ESIA studies and assignments according to international best practice requirements.
  • Will assess and predict the environmental and social impacts of the Segele Mine and recommend suitable mitigation measures.
  • Is a vital building block for the sustainable natural resource management plan (SNRMP), which is currently being prepared by Sazani Associates.
  • Will indicate the potential to undertake a clean mining operation, and leave the host communities with sustainable long-term income.

The first four specialists to arrive in camp will study water resources, cultural heritage, air and noise considerations. In the coming weeks, primary data collection and baseline studies will be completed for social and environment considerations. The ESIA will be submitted for approval to The Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission in December 2021.

The ESIA is a vital building block for the SNRMP, which is currently being prepared by Sazani Associates. Based on the data collected by TS Environment, Sazani Associates will finalise the planning process and the development phase of a payment for ecosystems services project scheduled to start in 1Q22.

With the mitigation measures from the ESIA and the SNRMP, Akobo Minerals believes that it will not only undertake a clean mining operation, but also at some point leave the host communities with a sustainable long-term income.

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