$507m Gruyere Gold Mine in WA receives environmental approval

Monica Gameng   |   January 24, 2017

The $507 million Gruyere Gold Project north-east of Laverton in Western Australia has been given environmental approval by WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob and the project’s developers – a joint venture between Australia’s Gold Road Resources and South Africa’s Gold Fields – are expecting to gain final approvals in February 2017.

Works on the gold mine’s facilities and open mine is set to commence once the final approvals – including the project’s mining proposal, project management plan and works approval – have been given.

“Achieving environmental approval is an important milestone and clears the path for the project’s mining proposal, project management plan and works approval, all of which have been submitted.

“We anticipate receiving these final approvals in February 2017, immediately following which we will commence construction of the processing plant and development work on the Gruyere open pit mine,” said Gold Road managing Director and CEO Ian Murray.

Once operational, the mine’s processing plant will have the capacity to handle approximately 7.5 million tonnes of fresh ore annually as well as up to 8.8 million tonnes of oxide ore a year for over 13 years.

Currently, Gold Road has completed dismantling and relocating the first 300 rooms of the accommodation village and is in the process of constructing the new rooms – which will be completed by March. The second batch of 300 rooms will be dismantled and installed starting this February, with completion set for June 2017.

gruyere-gold-mine-accommodations.jpgConstruction camp installation (source: Gold Road)

The project is also currently on the final stages of evaluating tender applications for major works contracts, with the final decision expected to be announced by March 2017. Major works contracts include the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the gold mine’s processing plant as well as associated infrastructure; bulk earthworks contract; energy supply agreement, including power station and gas pipeline; long lead time equipment; and catering contract.

Watch this space for more updates on this project by subscribing to Felix Project News.

Source: Mining Australia, Mining Weekly and Gold Road

Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
Follow me:

Related Articles

Cameco's Yeelirrie uranium project receives approval from WA Government

Cameco’s Yeelirrie uranium project in the Goldfields region has been granted environmental approval by the Western Australian Government and is subject to 17 strict conditions. The project will consist of an open-cut mine, a metallurgical plant as well as associated facilities and infrastructure which will produce export-grade uranium concentrates.

Pilbara Minerals recieves key environmental approval for Pilgangoora project

One of two key environmental approvals has been granted to Pilbara Minerals for the development of its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project near Port Hedland in Western Australia, taking the project another step closer to construction.

Gruyere Gold Mine project in WA receives the final mining approval

The $507 million Gruyere Gold Mine project has been given the final mining approval by the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP). The gold mine development 200-kilometres east of Laverton is a 50:50 joint venture project by Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields.

Get the latest project news

Join thousands of construction and mining pros getting the best content right in their inbox.

✓ updates on Australia's pipeline of state and federal projects

✓ fresh contract awards from major contractors and builders

Complete the form to get started