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Yara Dallol BV Potash Project

Environmental Impact Assessment

Yara International is a leading global fertilizer company with sales of fertilizer to about 150 countries globally. As part of Yara International’s overall upstream strategy, the company is exploring for suitable raw sources that can be developed and used as a source to Yara International’s global fertilizer production and directly as finished product in its product portfolio. To complement these upstream processes, Yara International has recently started a subsidiary company, Yara Dallol BV, which is involved in the exploration and mining development of potash concessions in Ethiopia. These concessions are located in the Danakil Depression, Afar National Regional State (ANRS), Ethiopia. Yara International, through its subsidiary, proposes to develop a potash mine – the Yara Dallol Potash Project (hereafter referred to as the proposed Project) within these concession areas.

Yara International is also working together with Novopro Projects Inc. (Novopro), a Canadian Project Development and Management Company, to develop a potash mine and production unit.

To support the proposed Project, Yara International contracted ERM to conduct an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to assess how the proposed Project is likely to affect the local natural environment and surrounding communities either positively or negatively. The ESIA process worked to identify ways of minimizing any negative impacts and maximizing benefits (positive impacts) related to the proposed Project. In addition the ESIA report has advised Yara how the proposed Project can be developed in a sustainable manner, as well as assist the Ethiopian officials with the permitting process.

Documents

Final Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report for the Yara Dallol Potash Project

PART I: ESIA

Cover, Sign off page, contents and acronyms
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Project Description
Chapter 3 – Project Motivation
Chapter 4 – Project Alternatives
Chapter 5 – Legal Framework
Chapter 6 – ESIA Process
Chapter 7 – Stakeholder Engagement
Chapter 8 – Receiving Physical and Biological Environment
Chapter 9 – Receiving Social Environment
Chapter 10 – Physical and Biological Impacts and Mitigation
Chapter 11 – Assessment of Social Impacts and Mitigation
Chapter 12 – Cumulative Impacts and Mitigation
Chapter 13 – Environmental and Social Management System
Chapter 14 – Conclusion
Chapter 15 - References

PART II: ESIA ANNEXURES

Annexure A – Scoping Report Approval Letter
Annexure B – Primary Data Collection Methodologies
Annexure C – Stakeholder Engagement Program
Annexure D – Study Specific Criteria for Assessing Social Impacts
Annexure E – Fauna List and Inventory of Cultural Heritage Sites

PART III – Environmental and Social Management Plans 

Annexure A – Air Quality Management Plan
Annexure B – Noise Management Plan
Annexure C – Biodiversity Management Plan
Annexure D – Emergency Response Plan
Annexure E – Integrated Mine Closure Plan
Annexure F – Spill Prevention Control and Containment Plan
Annexure G – Waste Management Plan
Annexure H – Water Management Plan
Annexure I – Cultural Heritage Management Plan
Annexure J – Community Health, Safety and Security Management Plan
Annexure K – In-Migration Management Plan
Annexure L – Sourcing, Procurement and Recruitment Management Plan
Annexure M – Worker Management Plan

DRAFT ESIA

Non-Technical Summary (English)

Non-Technical Summary (Amharic)

PART 1 - DRAFT ESIA

Cover, sign off page, contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Project Description

Chapter 3 - Project Motivation

Chapter 4 - Project Alternatives

Chapter 5 - Institutional and Legal Framework of Ethiopia

Chapter 6 - The Environmental and Social Impact Assessmnets (ESIA) Process

Chapter 7 - Stakeholder Engagement

Chapter 8 - The Receiving Environmental - Physical and Biological Characteristics

Chapter 9 - The Receiving Environmental - Socio-Economic Characteristics of the Project Area

Chapter 10 - Assessment of Physical and Biological Impacts and Mititgation

Chapter 11 - Assessment of Social Impacts and Mitigation

Chapter 12 -  Cumulative Impacts

Chapter 13 - Environmental and Social Environment System

Chapter 14 - Conclusion

Chapter 15 - References

PART II

Annexure A - Scoping Report Approval Letter

Annexure B - Primary Baseline Study Methodologies

Annexure C - Stakeholder Engagement Programme

Annexure D - Study Specific Criteria for Assessing Impacts

Annexure E - Faunal List and Inventory of Cultural Heritage Sites

PART III

Annexure A - Air Quality Management Plan

Annexure B - Noise Management Plan

Annexure C - Biodiversity Management Plan

Annexure D - Emergency Response Plan

Annexure E - Integrated Mine Closure Plan

Annexure F - Spill Prevention Control and Containment Plan

Annexure G - Waste Mangement Plan

Annexure H - Water Management Plan

Annexure I - Cultural Heritage Management Plan

Annexure J - Community Health, Safety and Security Management Plan

Annexure K - In-mitigation Management Plan

Annexure L - Sourcing , Procurement and Recruitment Management Plan

Annexure M - Worker Management Plan

Background Information Document 

English (1Mb PDF)

Amharic (815Kb PDF)

Final Scoping Report

Chapters 1 - 4 (2Mb PDF)

Chapters 5 - 8 (3Mb PDF)

Chapters 9 - 13 (3Mb PDF)

Annex A (679Kb PDF)

Appendix A (151Kb PDF)

Appendix B1 (160Kb PDF)

Appendix B2 (3Mb PDF)

Register and Comment

To register and provide comments please contact Samuel Hailu (TS) or Janet Mkhabela (ERM):

Samuel Hailu 
TS Environmental Technology 
Telephone: +251911373167
Email: sam1hy@yahoo.com 

and 

Janet Mkhabela
Environmental Resources Management
Telephone: +27 21 681 5400
Email: janet.mkhabela@erm.com