With a subsoil very rich in phosphate, Morocco nurtured the hope of embarking on the production of potassium chloride, a highly prized mineral in the fertilizer industry, from the 1950s. At the time, it was difficult to realize this project par lack of techniques and infrastructure. Since then, the situation has changed a lot, proof of which is the investment made by the British company Emmerson in a mine in Khemisset, a locality located less than 100 kilometers from Rabat, which is said to contain more than 500 million tonnes of potash.
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After having obtained the mining license via a local company, the company listed on the London Stock Exchange is preparing to start work on its production plant in Khemisset, “ the first potash production unit in Africa,” says Lahcen Alloubane, Managing Director of Emmerson in Morocco. Cost of the project: “The initial stake was estimated at 415 million dollars but it will be revised upwards, to 450 or 500 million dollars”, estimates the manager. Over the next nineteen years – the duration of the license – the British company plans to invest some $2.5 billion.