Australasian Resources has received the go ahead from the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for its Balmoral South Iron Ore Project in the State’s Pilbara region.
The EPA report, released yesterday, recommended that WA Minister for Environment Donna Farragher approve the project.
The company expects that the Minister’s conditional approval will be forthcoming in November.
A spokesperson for Australasian Resources was unavailable for comment when contacted by MINING DAILY.
The Balmoral Project will comprise an open cit mine capable of producing 80 mtpa of magnetite ore as well as processing facilities such as a crusher, concentrator and pellet plant.
The mine will also include a 30 km conveyor linking the plant to port facilities, a 40 GL per year desalination plant and a 600 MW combined-cycle gas fired power station.
In addition, accommodation villages and supporting infrastructure capable of housing 4000 construction and 1500 operations personnel will be built.
Under existing agreements, Australasian has access to the port facilities currently under construction by Citic Pacific Mining.
The company expects to have all licenses and permits in place by 2010.