Havilah Resources has received approval from the Department for Energy and Mining for the right to mine at the Kalkaroo copper-gold project in South Australia.
The South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan has granted Havilah three mineral leases and two miscellaneous purposes licenses for the Kalkaroo project.
Kalkaroo, which is Havilah’s flagship mineral project, reportedly contains 1.1 million tonnes of copper, 3.1 million ounces of gold and 23,200 tonnes of cobalt with a 14-year mine life.
The next stop in the permitting process is obtaining permission to mine, which requires the submission and approval of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation in accordance with the state’s Mining Act.
Work has continued on the finalisation of the updated pre-feasibility study for the project, which is due to be completed in the last quarter of this year.
Havilah has made steady progress on the Kalkaroo site over the space of 15 years, with chief executive officer Walter Richards saying the latest development is a testament to the company’s patience.
“The grant of the mining tenements for the Kalkaroo copper-gold project is a significant milestone for Havilah and the result of many years of persistence, dedication and hard work,” he said.
“We look forward to progressing the Kalkaroo project to the next stages of development including the finalisation of the updated pre-feasibility study.”