The Felicitas Bauxite Mining Project will mine bauxite from the Felicitas resource, located approximately 60 kms north-east of Perth, for processing into alumina.
Bauxite occurrences have been known to exist in the region surrounding Toodyay, approximately 60 kilometres north-east of Perth, for many years. Through drilling programs that began in 2011 we have discovered a substantial bauxite resource in this area known as Felicitas.
The Felicitas resource consists of approximately 230 million tonnes of bauxite ore, estimated to have a mine life of at least 25 years (depending on final production rate). It is located mostly in the Shire of Toodyay with some extensions in Northam and Mundaring Shires. The resource starts 1.5 kms south of the Perth to Kalgoorlie railway line, extending 20 kms south across Morangup Road and Toodyay Road to a point 5 kms north west of Wundowie.
The Felicitas Mine is being designed with an annual capacity of approximately 8 million tonnes. While the mining and feasibility studies are not yet complete, the mining operation is likely to consist of topsoil and overburden removal by scraper, breaking of caprock by surface miner and loading of bauxite onto trucks for local transfer to a conveyor system which will feed a fixed crushing plant and stockpile. Bauxite will be withdrawn from the stockpile and conveyed to the train loading station at the rail siding and loaded directly onto trains. Work is continuing to optimise the equipment selection and the operation to reduce any potential for impact on neighbouring properties.
Providing jobs for locals
The mine operation will create approximately 120 full time jobs. We hope to source much of our mining workforce from individuals who are already living and raising their families in the region.
Boosting business for local suppliers
During the development of the project, we will work with local suppliers to help them build their capability to provide materials and services on competitive terms to the mine.
Over its life the mine will inject approximately $3.0 billion of direct expenditure into the WA economy.
Once the studies have progressed, we will apply to the DMP for a mining license and refer the project to the EPA for assessment. This will initiate the States’ formal processes of consultation, assessment and approval. We expect the approval process could take two years, with another year required for construction once approval is given.
We are at the start of feasibility studies, meaning we are undertaking a range of studies that cover environmental and social impacts, economics, engineering, logistics and infrastructure options.
Based on these results, we will undertake a formal approval process with the State Government. This will include a comprehensive environmental review with an assessment by the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The proposed project is governed under the Mining Act and the State Government is the governing body. Environmental approval and a Mining Lease will be required for mining to occur.
It will take about three years to commence operations.