Tawana Resources and Alliance Mineral Assets Limited (AMAL) have received environmental approval to construct and operate a 1.2mtpa dense media separation plant at the Bald Hill lithium-tantalum joint venture in Western Australia.
The project is approximately 50km south east of Kambalda in the WA’s Eastern Goldfields region.
Tawana Resources subsidiary Lithco finalised its joint venture partnership with AMAL for the project earlier this year and is entitled to a 50 per cent interest.
The environmental approval comes after the companies were granted an updated environmental mining proposal by the department of mines and petroleum (DMP), which allowed construction to commence on site following an early works programme in June 2017.
These new approvals also enable mining and processing to begin for both lithium and tantalum at Bald Hill.
The project now has all necessary environmental approvals required to become one of Australia’s next lithium producers.
Tawana managing director Mark Calderwood said, “Being permitted to develop and operate at the Bald Hill mine is a significant achievement and milestone for the joint venture.
“I look forward to providing further updates at this exciting time for Tawana and AMAL as we transition from explorer to producer.”