Public comment is being sought by a major zinc company on its proposal to build a mine in north-west Queensland.
An environmental impact statement for the Dugald River Resource project near Cloncurry and Mount Isa has been released by the Minerals and Metals Group (MMG).
The company is hoping to mine zinc, silver and lead out of the project by 2014.
MMG spokesman Brice Loveday said the company is looking for other supplies as their Century zinc mine, in the lower Gulf, is due to close in four years.
“As much as a million tonnes year of zinc might be taken out of the market by 2015 or so, so the world will be looking for new supplies of zinc and Dugald River will be a very important contributor to that when it comes online,” he said.
“The Dugald River project, which has been around for awhile, will, when it’s in production, be producing around 20 000 tonnes a year of zinc and approximately 900 000 ounces of silver for approximately 23 years based on what we know so far, so it’s a very significant project.’