Metro Mining has received final environmental approval for the Bauxite Hills mine in North Queensland.
The company secured all of the clearances it requires to proceed with the development within two years of launching the approvals process.
Based on Metro’s bankable feasibility study for the operation, planned production for the Bauxite Hills mine is 2Mtpa, increasing to 6Mtpa over the first four years.
Construction is due to start next month with first production due in second quarter 2018.
Metro managing director Simon Finnis said securing the approvals was the culmination of an extensive environmental assessment and community consultation process.
“It allows Metro to continue to rapidly progress its mine development and construction plans,” Finnis said.
“Achieving this milestone within only two years is a credit to the hard work and expertise of the Metro team and demonstrates the strong support Metro has secured from all levels of local, state and federal government stakeholders.”
The environmental approvals allow Metro to produce up to 10Mtpa at Bauxite Hills. It is expected the mine will employ up to 200 people when operational.