Projects

Environmental approvals

KGL submitted a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Northern Territory Government in 2013. The purpose of an NOI is to outline a proposed project and provide sufficient information for the NT Environment Protection Authority to determine whether a project requires formal assessment and if so, the appropriate level of assessment.

Following numerous Project developments and after additional mineralised zones were identified, a notice of alteration to the Project was submitted to the Northern Territory Government in January 2017.

In 2014, the NT Environment Protection Authority determined that the assessment level for the Jervois Base Metal Project was an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). As part of the development of the EIS, several studies were undertaken:

  • Biodiversity
  • Surface and groundwater
  • Historic and cultural heritage
  • Traffic and transport
  • Geochemistry
  • Air and Noise
  • Human health and safety
  • Social and economic
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted to the Northern Territory Government in October 2018 and made available for public comment from the 19th of October 2018 until the 14th December 2018. The Draft EIS was available for public viewing in Darwin and Alice Springs at the following locations:

 

Darwin

Stakeholder /Department Address / Contact​
NT EPA 1st Floor, Arnhemica House, 16 Parap Road, Parap​
Mining and Energy, Department of Primary Industries and Resources 3rd Floor, Paspalis Centrepoint, 48 Smith Street Mall, Darwin​
Northern Territory Library Parliament House, Darwin​, Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800​
Environment Centre Northern Territory Unit 3, 98 Woods St, Darwin​

 

Alice Springs

Stakeholder /Department Address / Contact​
Alice Springs Public Library Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs​
Central Land Council 27 Stuart Hwy, Alice Springs​
Arid Lands Environment Centre 90 Gap Road, The Gap Alice Springs NT 0870​
Harts Range Police Station Hart NT 0872​
Bonya Community Bonya Plenty Hwy, Alice Springs​​

 


Timeline overview

If approved Project construction would commence during 2019, with mining and commissioning planned for 2020.


  • 2011:
    • KGL Resources acquired the Jervois Base Metal Project​
  • 2013:
    • KGL Resources submitted Notice of Intent to the Northern Territory Government
  • 2014:
    • NT Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) determined the assessment level would be Environmental Impact Statement
    • NT EPA issued Terms of Reference (TOR)
  • 2017:
    • KGL provided notice of alteration to the project following the discovery of additional mineralised zones
    • NT EPA issues revised TOR and confirmed that the level of assessment would remain at EIS
  • 2018:
    • KGL submitted the Jervois Base Metal Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Northern Territory Government in October 2018 and it was made available for public comment until the 14th December 2018. KGL was directed by the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) on the 21st of December 2018 to provide a Supplement to the Draft EIS to address the matters that were raised by the NT advisory bodies, non-government organisations and members of the public. The timeframe for producing this Supplement has been set by the NT EPA at 24 months.
  • 2019:
    • KGL will undertake additional studies as required and prepare a Supplement report responding to all comments on the Draft EIS.

 

About the project

This project builds upon a unique history of mining in the area and has the potential to make a positive economic impact to the region over the next decade. It has a potential mine life of 12 to 15 years, producing up to 150,000 tonnes of base metal concentrate per year*.


The Project will create approximately 360 jobs during construction and 300 operational jobs during peak production. KGL Resources is committed to providing jobs to locals where possible, and will develop local and indigenous participation plans with more detail on how this will be achieved.


The ore will be mined by both open pit and underground mining methods and processed on site. The ore concentrate will be transported in enclosed containers by road into Alice Springs via the Plenty and Stuart highways. The ore filled containers will then be loaded onto trains for transport to Darwin and/or Adelaide.


The Project will include stockpiles, a processing plant, tailings storage facilities, workshops, laydown areas, offices, operational buildings, access and haul roads, power generation and supply facilities, water storage and supply infrastructure and an accommodation camp.


* This is not an indication of the Jervois Resource or Reserve. It is a statement for the purpose of the EIS process in anticipation of the potential growth of the Resource

The Project area has been used for mining and exploration since 1929 with a copper mine operating in the area periodically from 1963 to 1983. Historic mining disturbance includes a tailings storage facility, waste rock dumps, decommissioned processing plants, pits, prospecting trenches, run of mine stockpiles, water storages, evaporation ponds, an exploration camp, and roads and tracks.

A full history of mining at Jervois can be viewed at

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Jervois Base Metal Project History Timeline

Frequently asked questions

Where is the mine located?

The Jervois Base Metal Project​ is 380 kilometres by road north-east of Alice Springs in Central Australia. The nearest occupied communities are Bonya and Harts Range.

 

What will be mined?

The bulk of the mineral resource is copper, but there is also silver, lead, gold and zinc.

 

How big will the mine be?

The Project footprint is estimated at 970 hectares, or about 9.7 square kilometres of which a significant portion has been disturbed by historic mining activities.

 

What will the mining method be?

The ore will be mined by both open pit and underground mining methods. The ore will be mined concurrently from several open pit and underground mines.

 

What is the expected mine life?

The Project has a potential mine life of 12 to 15 years, mining approximately two million tonnes per year. This would produce up to 150,000 tonnes of base metal concentrate per year*.

* This is not an indication of the Jervois Resource or Reserve. It is a statement for the purpose of the EIS process in anticipation of the potential growth of the Resource

 

How many direct jobs will be created?

Around 360 jobs will be created during construction and 300 operational jobs will be created during peak production.