Project: Dubbo Project (previously known as the Dubbo Zirconia Project (DZP))
Location: Toongi, Dubbo, NSW
Deposit: Zirconium, hafnium, niobium, tantalum, yttrium and rare earth elements.
Years of operation: 1999 – ongoing
The $1B Dubbo Project (DP) is based on one of the world’s largest in-ground resources of zirconium, hafnium, niobium, yttrium and rare earth elements. This makes it a potential strategic and alternative supply on the global market of critical minerals for a range of “high tech” and sustainable technologies.
Located at Toongi, 25 kilometres south of Dubbo in central west NSW, the DP is being developed by Australian Strategic Materials Ltd (ASM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Alkane Resources. Due to the size of the resource, the mine is expected to process 1,000,000 tonnes of ore throughput per year over a period of 70 years or more.
Development approval was received from the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission in May 2015, followed swiftly by federal approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in August 2015.
The Mining Lease and Environment Protection Licence have also been granted. ASM owns 3,441 hectares of land at Toongi, including the operating site, significant Biodiversity Offset Areas and residual agricultural land. Construction of the processing plant and upgrades to supporting infrastructure are anticipated to take place during 2017-2019.
Building on the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) developed by Hatch, Finnish Technology Company, Outotec, has been engaged for Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) and final design.
Introduction video to the Dubbo Project for Community
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Explained for Community
Career pathways for the Dubbo Project (DP)
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