Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended that the Diatreme Resources’ Cyclone Zircon Project be approved for development and operation.
The EPA has advised the WA Minister for Environment that the Eucla Basin project meets its requirements for consent subject to its recommended terms and monitoring conditions, opening the path toward mining operations in one of the world’s major emerging zircon provinces.
Diatreme’s CEO Neil McIntyre welcomed the EPA’s public release, saying the project is now awaiting only final ministerial consents as project de-risking nears completion.
“This is an historic step for our flagship project, representing the final hurdle in the de-risking process which has included securing an agreement with the traditional owners, the identification of suitable water supplies and the expansion of the projected mining life following the acquisition of the adjacent Cyclone Extended tenement area,” Mr McIntyre said.
“Following the expected award of final environmental approvals, we can now move confidently toward the completion of the remaining final aspects of our Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) and the delivery of this valuable new mine for the benefit of all stakeholders.”
The environmental license specifically allows the Cyclone project to develop and operate the Cyclone Minerals Sands Mine, including open cut pits, mining and processing infrastructure, airstrip, accommodation camp, bore fields and haul road construction from the mine site to the Forrest rail siding.