Mincor Resources has received the key state government approvals it needs to restart the Cassini nickel project at Kambalda in Western Australia.
With its northern Kambalda operations Durkin North and Long already fully permitted, Mincor is in a development-ready position for its nickel restart.
The company has obtained a clearing permit, mining proposal and mine closure plan from the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and its project management plan has been approved by the state mining engineer.
Mincor has also received the approval of Main Roads Western Australia for a heavy vehicle access agreement to the Coolgardie-Esperance highway so it can transfer ore from Cassini to Kambalda.
Following Mincor’s recent completion of a $30 million placement, the company can now start early pre-production capital works.
Mincor aims to begin site clearing and the award and commencement of excavation during the March 2020 quarter.
Company managing director David Southam acknowledged the Western Australian Government’s efficiency in its approvals for Cassini.
The approvals are a solid finish in what has been a successful year for Mincor, which secured a nickel offtake and processing agreement with BHP, purchased the Long operations from Independence Group and attracted significant investor support.
“The approvals cap off a brilliant year for Mincor,” Southam said.
“We are now at an advanced stage of awarding a key contract for site clearing and the development of the box-cut at Cassini.
“The definitive feasibility study for the integrated nickel restart plan also remains on track for March 2020.”