Single appeal sets Sorby back

A single appeal has been lodged against KBL Mining’s Sorby Hills silver, lead and zinc project in Western Australia.

The WA Environmental Protection Authority last month recommended the Federal Government approve the project.

The formal EPA procedures allow for a 14 day appeal period in respect to the recommendations.

KBL today released a statement to the ASX advising one appeal had been submitted to the EPA.

The company said timings for determination of the appeal are not yet certain.

“However the published EPA materials in appeals indicates an aim to have 80 per cent of appeal reports submitted to the Minister for the Environment within 60 days of receiving a final response to the appeal from the EPA and the proponent being, in this case, Sorby Management,”  KBL said.

KBL has already completed a prefeasibility study for Stage one of the Sorby Hills project, based on a conventional open cut mine and sulphide flotation concentrator operation.

A feasibility study, mining permits and operational licence are now being progressed for the project located north east of the Kimberley region in WA.

The initial start-up capital cost for the project is $70 million.

Stage one of Sorby Hills is estimated to have a 10 year mine life, producing about 20,000 tonnes per annum of lead and 800,000 ounces per annum of silver.

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