Toro Energy has received federal government environmental approval for the Wiluna uranium project in Western Australia, clearing the way for mining to begin at the operations.
Federal environment and energy minister Josh Frydenberg granted the environmental approval for Wiluna extension, which approved uranium mining at the Centipede, Lake Way, Millipede and Lake Maitland deposits; the construction of a processing facility and all mine and processing related infrastructure, tailings storage facilities; and transportation of finished product to port.
The WA state government also confirmed it will not prevent the development of the Wiluna project.
The federal government environmental approval, however, is subject to implementation conditions.
The federal go-ahead comes after the Toro received state government approval for the project in January, with and WA minister for mines and petroleum Bill Johnston also confirming the state government will not prevent the Wiluna project from proceeding.
Toro is now focused on bringing the operation into production.
“The immediate focus of the company is to improve the economics of the Wiluma uranium project by progressing a number of mining, metallurgical and process design and research initiatives that expand on the studies completed in 2016,” the company said.
“All work streams are geared to ensure the project is capable of being financed and brought into production as and when economic conditions justify the development.”