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Regulatory approval secured for new work at mineral project


A multinational resources company has received the nod to begin new work at an existing mineral development in the Top End.

The Northern Territory Government recently approved changes to Glencore’s existing mine management plan at the McArthur River Zinc Mine, 912 km southeast of Darwin. The decision means the proponent is now cleared to start work on its Overburden Management Project.

Mix of work proposed

The latest project involves:

  • developing a Northern Overburden Emplacement Facility (NOEF)
  • placing waste rock placement in two sections of the NOEF
  • starting trials for the NOEF cover system to inform optimum waste encapsulation strategy
  • flood proofing works at the NOEF
  • setting up a tailings storage facility (TSF) Cell 2 lift and reusing the TSF Cell 1 for tailings deposition and construction of a TSF seepage interception system
  • targeted geological, hydrological and engineering site investigation works.

The mine is hiring an electrician and more jobs will be advertised through Glencore’s careers website. The mine currently employs more than 1000 workers and has operated for the past 25 years.

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Development is ‘important’

“Ongoing development of the mining industry in the Northern Territory is important,” NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby said in a public statement. “Our government expects it to be done in a sustainable and responsible manner, maximising economic benefits while focusing on minimising environmental impact.”

Click here to read the mine management plan.

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