Galena Mining has received final approval for construction, mining and production at the Abra base metals project in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) approved the company’s mining proposal, mine closure plan and native vegetation clearing permit, while its processing plant and tailings storage facility were approved by the Department of Water and Environment Regulation (DWER).
Galena added that the Abra management plan received approval from state mining engineer, Andrew Chaplyn.
The company has also concluded discussions regarding its Native Title compensation arrangements with the Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation.
“It’s very pleasing to have received our major permits within the previously anticipated timeframe and to be able to commence major construction works at Abra at any time,” Galena managing director Alex Molyneux said.
The Abra mine, which is in a highly prospective region around 110 kilometres from Sandfire Resources’ Degrussa copper project, has returned positive assays for zinc, lead and silver.
Galena secured major funding for the project in January 2019 from Japanese company Toho Zinc, which invested $90 million for a 40 per cent stake in Abra Mining, the subsidiary of Galena in charge of the mine’s operations.
The mine holds an indicated and inferred JORC 2012 resource of 37.4 million tonnes at an average of 7.5 per cent lead and 18 grams of silver a tonne over an estimated 14-year mine life.