New rare earths mine in WA will soon begin development

Monica Gameng   |   April 15, 2020

A new rare earths mining project in Western Australia is going to begin development soon as the Commonwealth Environmental Approval has been granted to Hastings Technology Metals for its Yangibana project. 

“We have now received all material approvals (i.e. land tenure, Native Title Agreement, State and Commonwealth Environmental Permits) required for the development of the Yangibana Rare Earths Project. This environmental permit complements the State approval received in August 2019. Both approvals demonstrate confidence by State and Commonwealth governments that the Project can be implemented in an environmentally sound manner,” Hastings Technology Metals Executive Chairman Charles Lew said. 

The permit granted is subject to strict conditions, including validation of the groundwater model during the mine’s construction phase, an ecohydrological model as well as development of a groundwater dependent ecosystem monitoring program. 

yangibana-mapProject location (source: Hastings Technology Metals)

The Yangibana Rare Earths Project is in the State’s Gascoyne region, approximately 270 kilometres east north-east of Carnarvon. 

The project will include the development of five open pit mines, groundwater abstraction, on-site ore processing, construction of tailing storage facilities as well as delivery of supporting infrastructure including access and haul roads, accommodation facilities, administration buildings and an airstrip. 

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Source: Hastings Technology Metals (1, 2); Australian Mining; Mining Weekly; Kitco 

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.
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