An exotic metal development worth $189.5 million has been granted environmental approval.
The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) recently gave the nod for KGL Resources’ Jervois Base Metal Project at a 402 hectare site, 270km northeast of Alice Springs.
A variety of work will proceed in an environmentally acceptable manner at the brownfield site, including a processing plant, tailings storage facility, water supply borefield, pipeline, water dams and an accommodation village.
Local jobs promised
The construction phase will employ 360 workers and require a further 300 staff once operational. KGL promises these positions will mostly be filled locally from the Alice Springs area. None of the jobs are advertised on Seek yet.
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The mine is promised to have a lifespan of 10 years. The site was previously mined for copper, lead, zinc and other base metals for a total of 54 years until 1983.
NT Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Lauren Moss will now forward the assessment report and the NT EPA’s 25 recommendations to NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Andrew Kirby for approval under the Mining Management Act 2001.
“NT EPA considers that, subject to the implementation of all recommendations, the proposal can be managed in a manner that is likely to meet the NT EPA’s objectives and avoid significant or unacceptable environmental impacts and risks,” NT EPA chairman Paul Vogel said in a public statement.