Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields’ 50:50 joint venture, the Gruyere gold project, has received the final mining approval from the Western Australian department of mines and petroleum (DMP).
It is the final approval necessary to begin construction of the process plant and associated infrastructure, as well as development work on the Gruyere open pit mine, located around 200km east of Laverton in WA.
The next step of the project is to award major contracts including engineering, procurement and construction for the process plant and associated infrastructure, bulk earthworks and power supply.
These awards are expected to be given in March.
Gold Road managing director and CEO Ian Murray said the approval was another key milestone for the project.
“The JV project team remains focused on the commencement of construction of the process plant and infrastructure in the March 2017 quarter with contracts expected to be awarded soon to allow progress to continue to plan,” he said.
Earlier this year, the joint venture received environmental approval from the state government.
Gold Road also completed work to relocate and install 300 rooms of accommodation for the site’s accommodation village which, is set to be completed in the June quarter.
The project is on track for completion in December 2018.