Sandfire secures major approval for Monty project

Sandfire Resources has secured the major environmental approval needed to allow development activities to begin at the Monty copper-gold project in Western Australia.

Monty, a joint venture between Sandfire Resoures (70 per cent) and Talisman Mining (30 per cent), is located around 10km east of the DeGrussa copper gold mine.

The approval of the mining proposal and mine closure plan for the project comes after Sandfire awarded its first major contract for the project’s development.

The $8.2 million civil and earthmoving contract was awarded to Yagahong Alliance, a joint venture between Geraldton-based earthmoving and civil contracting company Central Earthmoving and the Yugunga-Nya People, the traditional owners of the project area.

Yagahong will begin construction of the 14km long haul road from Monty to DeGrussa and the box-cut for the underground access.

Cutting of the decline portal for the new underground mine is expected to begin in the December quarter of 2017, with underground development expected to take around one year to access the first ore.

Sandfire’s managing director Karl Simich said the mining proposal – one of the first new projects in WA to be assessed and approved under the department’s new mining proposal guidelines – was achieved in under three months.

“This is a credit to our Monty development team, the Doolgunna exploration team and our supporting consultants – and continues Sandfire’s impressive track record of rapid and efficient permitting and execution of development projects,” he said.

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