New Century Resources Ltd has announced an amendment to the existing Environmental Authority EPML00888813 (EA), to allow progressive economic rehabilitation activities at Century. This was issued on 31 October 2017 by the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP).
The EA amendment allows for tailings to be relocated back into the company’s original open pit and rehabilitated via sub-aqueous deposition as opposed to the capping of the tailings dam. The amendment follows exhaustive reviews and analysis of the proposed economic rehabilitation operations by New Century, which culminated in the determination by DEHP that a ‘minor’ amendment to the existing EA was required.
New Century Resources Managing Director Patrick Walta stated: “It is pleasing to receive strong support for the project from Queensland Government agencies for our economic rehabilitation program the Century mine. New Century has worked closely with the DEHP and the Department of State Development to ensure this project, and the extensive economic benefits it will deliver for the North-West Minerals Province, can commence as planned in 2018.”
“I would particularly like to thank Minister for State Development, Dr Anthony Lynham for the work of his department in facilitating this project’s development and progress since New Century commenced development activities earlier this year,” Walta added.
New Century is on track to become Australia’s premier progressive economic mine rehabilitation company. The company’s development and rehabilitation model for the Century mine, combining both metallurgical expertise and environmental management competency, is set to deliver long-term economic benefits and practical rehabilitation solutions for the mine. The strategy also represents a credible model that has potential to be adopted at other large mining operations in Australia and around the world.