Dewatering pipeline approved at Edna Beryl
The Edna Beryl underground gold mine, 37km north of Tennant Creek, has been granted approval for a dewatering pipeline.
The pipeline will allow dewatering of the deeper reaches of the deposit to occur, enabling extended underground mining as well as additional exploratory work to better define the gold ore resource.
The Mining Management Plan (MMP) for the pipeline was submitted by the mine’s owner, Emmerson Resources Limited, on 19 July 2018 and has been assessed by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources as meeting the requirements of the Mining Management Act and appropriate for the proposed activity.
The department found the MMP provides suitable management measures to protect the environment.
It has been assessed that $12,584.00 in environmental security must be paid by the company to cover the disturbance, and as part of the Authorisation, this must be paid before any activity can occur.
This is a positive result for this project and the future development of Tennant Creek as a minerals and gas services and supply centre or the Territory.
The new pipeline will consist of 140mm diameter poly-pipe, which will follow the alignment of an original pipeline between Edna Beryl and the historic Northern Star Mine open pit 6km to the west.
The pipeline will allow continued development of the Edna Beryl Mine, allowing the greater than anticipated groundwater inflows into the mine to be pumped to Northern Star.
Four people will be employed on the refurbishment, including two Indigenous positions.
The Northern Territory Government is committed to growing Tennant Creek as a mining and resources hub and this announcement, as well as recent tenders awarded to local companies to undertake safety work on legacy mine sites in the area and the new central processing facility being constructed by Emmerson Resources and Territory Resources, will help achieve this.