ARU – Nolans Rare Earths Mine Infrastructure Facilities – Northern Territory - Project Profile
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Arafura Resources Ltd (ARU) is planning to undertake the Nolans Rare Earths Mine Infrastructure Facilities project in Northern Territory, Australia.
The project involves the construction of a processing plant and mine related infrastructure facilities.
The project will include the construction of a gas-fired power plant, a tailings and residues storage facility (TSF), access roads, an administration building, a concentrator to process approximately 780,000 tonnes per annum (TPA) of ROM (run-of-mine) material, concentrator related facilities (control rooms and an operations centre, a maintenance workshop and warehouse, a reagents store and a dangerous goods storage), RE (Rare Earths) Intermediate Plant to process in excess of 300,000 TPA of concentrated slurry from the concentrator, and RE Intermediate Plant related facilities (control room and operations centre, maintenance workshop and warehouse).
The project also features the construction of a laboratory, a security building, a medical and emergency services centre, a borefield and raw water supply pipeline to the processing site and mine site, a sewerage treatment facility, a 400-person accommodation village and construction of other related facilities.
Lycopodium and Whittle Consulting has been appointed as the study consultants and Prayon Technologies as the specialist support for the project.
In 2008, the project began its environmental approvals, but experienced delays due to the global financial crisis and uncertainty about the best location for its processing plant.
In November 2014, ARU submitted an amended Notice of Intent to the Northern Territory (NT) Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for consideration under the Environmental Assessment Act. The NT EPA has referred the project for assessment at the level of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and issued Draft EIS terms of reference for the Project.
In January 2015, a revised referral under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 was submitted to the Department of the Environment.
In February 2015, ARU appointed GHD Pty Ltd to coordinate in completion of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
In February 2017, a supplementary EIS was submitted to the NT Environment Protection Authority (NTEPA) and Australian Government for consideration and
Construction works on the first, second and third phase pilot plant has been completed.
ARU awaiting supplementary EIS approval from NTEPA and Australian Government for the project implementation.
Subsequently, a final recommendation on the EIS will then be submitted to the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources and scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017. Construction and operation of the fourth phase pilot are scheduled for September 2017.
The project involves the construction of a processing plant and mine related infrastructure facilities in Northern Territory, Australia.
The US$665 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of a gas-fired power plant
2. Construction of tailings and residues storage facility (TSF)
3. Construction of access roads
4. Construction of administration building
5. Construction of a concentrator and related facilities
6. Construction of RE (Rare Earths) Intermediate Plant and related facilities
7. Construction of a laboratory
8. Construction of a security building
9. Construction of a medical and emergency services centre
10. Construction of a Bore field
11. Construction of a raw water supply pipeline
12. Construction of a sewerage treatment facility
13. Construction of a 400 person accommodation village
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