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Sunrise project: Clean TeQ secures approval for development application Modification 4

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Global Mining Review,

Clean TeQ Holdings Limited (Clean TeQ) has advised the approval of Modification 4 to the development application for the Clean TeQ Sunrise project by the New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC). This represents another important milestone as the project advances through engineering and financing phases, before a targeted commencement of construction in mid-2019.

Modification 4 allows Clean TeQ to implement a number of improvements designed to optimise and further de-risk the Clean TeQ Sunrise operation. The key features of Modification 4 include amendments to the processing plant design and layout, mine plan and general logistics, diversification of water supply via approval to access surface water from the Lachlan River, as well as consent to produce up to 100 000 tpy of ammonium sulfate for sale as a by-product – as described in the definitive feasibility study (DFS) published in June 2018.

These are important changes which will enable the project to more effectively respond to the rapidly growing global demand for nickel and cobalt. The approval follows a period of extensive consultation with local residents and communities across the Shires of Parkes, Lachlan and Forbes, as well as working through a formal process with the IPC. It also concludes the final outstanding modification under application, with Modification 6 having been approved in May 2018.

Sam Riggall, CEO of Clean TeQ, commented: “While Clean TeQ Sunrise already had development approval, Modification 4 optimises and further enhances the operability of this globally significant development project. We appreciate the input of our community stakeholders to the modification process; this has been vital in ensuring our future coexistence and Clean TeQ’s social licence to operate.”

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