Green light for mine rehabilitation
In a positive step for mine care and rehabilitation the Territory Government has given the tick to a revised mining management plan for the Peko Rehabilitation Project.
The Peko Rehabilitation Project is an old mine site located 14km south east of Tennant Creek and this approval will allow the processing of 3.75 million tonnes of tailings.
Tailings are the materials left over after the valuable part of the rock, eg copper, has been extracted. This is different to waste rock as tailings can be processed to produce a form of iron.
This work will remove the materials from site for a commercial outcome, whilst also reducing the environmental footprint of the mine.
The remaining product will be placed into existing storage facilities for potential reprocessing in the future.
The Peko Rehabilitation Project has been operating under a care and maintenance program since 2009.
The approved activity will reduce the volume of existing tailings onsite by approximately 70%.
The Peko mining management plan can be viewed on the Mining projects page.