The African phosphate developer, Kropz Plc (AIM: KRPZ has announced that an appeal by the West Coast Environmental Protection Association (WCEPA) against the Integrated Water Use Licence (iWUL) for Kropz’s Elandsfontein Project has been dismissed by the Water Tribunal.
Commenting on the latest news, Kropz CEO, Mark Summers says: “While we await the Water Tribunal’s reasons for its dismissal of the appeal by WCEPA, we are enormously encouraged by what this outcome means, not only for our company, but for the many stakeholders in the community around our Elandsfontein Project.”
The Elandsfontein Project (Elandsfontein) property was acquired in August 2010 by Kropz and is situated on the West Coast of South Africa, approximately 95km north northwest of Cape Town, within the Saldanha Bay Municipality. Per Kropz, a sum of approximately USD120-million has already been invested in exploration, bulk sampling, feasibility studies and the subsequent construction of a mine, mineral processing facility and associated infrastructure. Elandsfontein is said to have the capacity to deliver in excess of 1Mtpa of >31% P2O5 phosphate rock concentrate. The Elandsfontein deposit is regarded as the largest sedimentary deposit in South Africa, per the Council for Geoscience, formerly the Geological Survey of South Africa.
According to Summers, Kropz has been focused on managing the potential impacts of its planned phosphate mining operation on water resources, the nearby Langebaan Lagoon, and the environment as a whole, from word go.
“We are enormously proud that, in a world first, we engineered a solution that, quite simply, takes ground water around our mining operation, and re-introduces it, untouched, back into the environment.
“The results of extensive groundwater monitoring have been shared on a regular basis, for more than four years now, with a committee representative of organs of state, farmers’ associations and NGOs, including WCEPA. These show that the impact of our operations is zero.”
Summers concludes, “The way is now clear for us to expedite production at Elandsfontein; creating desperately needed job opportunities for the local community; paying taxes and royalties; and rewarding investors, local and international, who have supported us through this extended challenge of scientific evidence against human emotion.”
Source: Elandsfontein – Kropz