Northern Territory miner Sherwin Iron is on track to move forward with its Roper River iron ore mine, which will create an extra 400 jobs in the state's north.
In a project update today Sherwin said sample mining at Roper was “imminent” following an agreement with the NT Government to work together on key aspects of the project, including employment, logistics, and environmental protection.
Stripping operations at the fledgling deposit are set to commence tomorrow, and the company has already appointed a mining contractor and tested key pieces of equipment.
In a statement late last month NT deputy chief minister David Tollner said Sherwin had the Government's support in developing the Roper mine.
“The Sherwin Iron project will create 200 jobs in the construction phase and 400 by the time it’s fully operational. Many of the workers will be sourced from the region including local Indigenous communities,” he said.
“The project has already been given Major Project status. This clearly indicates the Government’s desire for this project to succeed and to deliver the substantial economic and regional development benefits that it offers.”
Initial production is expected to start later this year, exporting around 3 million tonnes per annum from Darwin.
“There is no doubt that projects such as Sherwin Iron are exactly the type of projects that government is facilitating to achieve our objective of stimulating stronger economic growth across the Territory,” Tollner said.