The QLD Government has thrown its support behind MMG’s Dugald River zinc mine, giving the project special status.
The $1.4 billion project has been granted ‘prescribed project’ status, which will “help cut red tape and create hundreds of jobs in North Queensland,” the state government said.
“Projects like Dugald River are critical to economic development and job creation in the north-west during these tough times caused by ongoing resource commodity price lows,” QLD mines minister Dr. Anthony Lynham said.
“Granting it prescribed project status will allow the Coordinator-General to assist MMG to navigate processes and timely approvals through government.
“This is more action for the north-west, on top of our accelerated works program in Mount Isa and the North West Minerals Province Taskforce.”
The Dugald River zinc project, located 65 kilometres north-west of Cloncurry, will have annual production of approximately 160,000 tonnes of zinc, plus by-products, over an estimated 28 year mine life, creating 600 jobs during construction and 400 during operations.
The mine was first touted by MMG in 2012, but deferred in 2013 so the company could review the proposed mine development method.
This latest support aids the miner in sticking to its previously stated timelines, with construction slated in the coming months and full production in 2018.