Resource Generation has received approval under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) for construction activities at its Boikarabelo mine.
The approval enables the company to construct the mine, all the required mine infrastructure and the associated 36 km rail link to the existing rail network. This environmental authorisation was given by the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET).
Resource Generation managing director Paul Jury says: “We are very pleased to receive our development consent, which is the culmination of 15 months‘ close liaison and work with LEDET. As a life of mine approval, it clears a major milestone to ensure the long term value that the Boikarabelo mine can provide to all stakeholders and the local community.
“Once we have received our Integrated Water Use Licence and signed a contract with Transnet Freight Rail, we will then be able to proceed to finalise funding for project construction to commence.”
The Boikarabelo tenements are only 40 km by road from an existing rail system that provides access to domestic markets and to the ports of Maputo, Richards Bay and Durban for export shipments. These three ports all have potential to expand their coal capacity, and a proposed new railway to Walvis Bay in Namibia, if constructed, would also offer access to export markets. The land is flat and easy to access, and Resource Geneation has bought 8,397 ha which will enable development of the mine to proceed quickly when we receive funding and mining rights. www.resgen.com.au
News courtesy of International Mining www.im-mining.com