Boost for Dugald River mine progress

Posted April 22, 2016

Pic James Knowler + Crew

MMG has welcomed a Queensland Government decision to grant the $1 billion Dugald River zinc development the status of prescribed project.

The decision is expected to significantly streamline administrative decisions and accelerate the development of the mine, 65km north-west of Cloncurry.

Chief executive officer Andrew Michelmore said this would support MMG to deliver one of the world’s highest-grade zinc deposits at a time of tightening global zinc supply.

“The development of Dugald River is expected to provide significant employment, economic and revenue benefits to Cloncurry and Queensland over an expected mine life of more than 30 years,” he said.

“MMG has a proud history in Queensland through the operation of the Century mine and we look forward to working with the state and local governments to make this project a success.”

While the project is subject to final financing arrangements, MMG continues to advance with pre-production mine development and anticipates first zinc production in 2018.

State Development Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said projects like Dugald River were critical to economic development and job creation in the North West during the tough times caused by ongoing resource commodity price lows.

“Granting it prescribed project status will allow the Coordinator-General to assist MMG to navigate processes and timely approvals through government,” he said.

“This is tangible evidence of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to winning jobs and infrastructure in the North West.”

“This is more action for the north-west, on top of our accelerated works program in Mount Isa and the North West Minerals Province Taskforce.”

Dr Lynham said Dugald River development was expected to create 600 jobs during construction and about 400 jobs once the zinc mine was operational.

He said MMG had advised it was still finalising its workforce make-up but anticipated having a mixed workforce of north-west locals, being bused into camp, and fly in-fly out from the coast.

The traditional owners, the Kalkadoon People, will benefit from their Native Title Agreement with MMG, which provides for training, employment, business development opportunities and cultural recognition throughout the life of the mine.

The Dugald River project includes the mine, concentrator processing plant, maintenance workshops, accommodation and administration, and road, rail and port logistics to export from Townsville.

One response to “Boost for Dugald River mine progress”

  1. Lawrence buttigieg says:

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