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Olympic Dam Major Development Declaration

Olympic Dam Major Development Declaration, Friends of the Earth 28 Feb 19.  The South Australian Minister for Planning has declared that a proposal by BHP Ltd to expand the operations of the Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine, located 550 km NNW of Adelaide, shall constitute a Major Development under section 46 of the Development Act 1993.

The proposal covers the expansion of mining and processing activities at Olympic Dam, including an additional take of water from the Great Artesian Basin. It allows for an increase in copper production from 200,000 tpa Cu and associated products to up to 350,000 tpa Cu and associated products, as well as new and/or expanded facilities to support the development.

The declaration of a Major Development takes the project outside the bounds of the usual development assessment process.  The type of assessment and reporting required for this project has yet to be decided by the State Planning Commission and Minister for Energy and Mining.  That decision will determine the degree of public consultation on offer, which this eBulletin will endeavor to report as soon as possible.

February 28, 2019 - Posted by | South Australia, uranium

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