Flinders Mines has received state and federal government approvals for development of its flagship Pilbara project in Western Australia.
The green light from the West Australian Environment Minister and Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities means the company can begin work on a 15 million tonne/annum iron ore operation at the site, which is 175km south of Dampier.
The company’s managing director Gary Sutherland says the approvals reinforce the project can be developed in an environmentally acceptable manner. He says the company will continue to progress remaining approvals, finalize infrastructure access arrangements and commence mine construction.
“The location of the Pilbara project ensures Flinders has multiple possible routes to market via the proposed Anketell Point port, Port Hedland or other existing rail-coast operations in the area. We are targeting first production in the second half of 2015,” he says.
The Pilbara project has an indicated and inferred resource of 917 million tonnes @ 55.2% iron, hosted in the Blacksmith and Anvil tenements. These are located between a number of existing and proposed developments including Rio Tinto’s Caliwingina iron ore resource, FMG’s Solomon iron ore hub and API’s West Pilbara iron ore project.
Flinders earned a 100% stake in the joint venture in 2011, after a cash settlement with Prenti Exploration who originally commenced the Pilbara joint venture project with Flinders in 2003.