South Australia has a two-stage approval system.
The first stage involves the application for Mining Tenements. Applications for a Mining Lease (ML) and two Miscellaneous Purposes Licences (MPLs), supported by a Mining Proposal which described the Development, were submitted to the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) in February 2021. The Mining Proposal defined the Proposed Development and provided government and the community information on how the Development will interact with the environment and included studies into the flora and fauna, hydrology, landscape, air quality, communities, businesses, traffic and infrastructure.
DEM granted ML 6532, MPL 163 and MPL 164 ("Mining Tenements") in December 2021, subject to conditions based on environmental outcomes ("Mining Lease Conditions").
The second stage in the approvals process is the preparation and lodgement of a management plan called a Program for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation (PEPR).
Andromeda submitted the PEPR for the GWP in August 2022, following extensive stakeholder engagement and comprehensive environmental studies. The PEPR demonstrates how operations at GWP will comply with the conditions attached to Mining Lease 6532 and Miscellaneous Purposes Licence 164 and other regulatory requirements.
Andromeda received approval of the PEPR for the GWP from DEM in March 2023.
Approval of the PEPR permits the processing of up to 300,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of ore, producing up to a nominal 150,000 tpa of halloysite-kaolin products from the GWP.
Following approval of the PEPR, payments for an environmental bond and the Native Vegetation Fund are required prior to construction commencing, which is anticipated during 2023.
View approval pathway