Dolphin mine to focus on environment

Aerial view of the Group 6 Metals Dolphin Tungsten mine

Following its recent regulatory approvals, Group 6 Metals (G6M) has confirmed it will continue its plan to redevelop the Dolphin Tungsten mine on King Island in Tasmania, in a manner that preserves the environment.

The Tasmanian Government has supported G6M’s plans with a $10 million commercial loan plus a $2 million grant to Hydro Tasmania for infrastructure upgrades on King Island.

The Hydro Tasmania grant is to be used for upgrading the capacity of the 11-kilovolt line to the Dolphin Tungsten mine, which will provide the mine with access to power from the King Island grid for construction and mining operations.

A significant proportion of this power is generated by green renewable energy which will lower the overall carbon footprint of the mine.

Conservation on King Island is of high importance and is central to all G6M’s redevelopment activities.

Approval conditions under the Environmental Protection Notice (EPN) for the project require that several detailed environmental management and monitoring plans are approved for implementation to protect the local flora and fauna at the site and surrounding areas.

G6M has committed 33.7 hectares of land as conservation covenant area on its mine site at Grassy Dam. This area will protect important stands of Blue Gum eucalyptus forest which provides nesting sites and habitat for some of King Island’s threatened flora and fauna.

“On behalf of Group 6 Metals, I wish to thank all of those who have assisted the company in reaching this pivotal moment where we ramp up our construction activities on the Dolphin Tungsten mine,” Group 6 Metals chief executive officer Keith McKnight said.

“The company is grateful for the support of the local authorities and the broader King Island community with whom it continues to work in a highly constructive manner.

“We are committed to redeveloping the Dolphin Tungsten Mine in a responsible and sustainable manner, while also generating jobs, growth and economic returns through the recommencement of mining from this fantastic asset.”

King Island residents are already benefiting from the commencement of the Dolphin Tungsten project, with new jobs and money flowing into local businesses as significant earthworks get underway to prepare the site for return to operation.

The project at the reactivated mine site will create an estimated 90 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and with around 60 ongoing full-time equivalent jobs on King Island when fully operational.

The Dolphin mine is host to the highest-grade tungsten deposit of significant size in the Western world.

Historically the Dolphin Tungsten Mine was a key economic driver of King Island’s economy, and through its redevelopment, it can play a significant role again.

If the redevelopment runs to schedule, the Dolphin mine will achieve plant commissioning in late 2022 or early 2023 ahead of its first shipment of tungsten concentrate in the first quarter of 2023.

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