Zandheuvel Phosphate Mine 10103MR
Adelaide Ruiters Mining & Exploration (Pty) Ltd (ARME) appointed OMI Solutions (Pty) Ltd as the independent Environmental Assessment Practitioners to facilitate the Environmental Authorisation Processes for the proposed Zandheuvel Phosphate Mine close to Vredenburg in the Western Cape Province. The project falls under the jurisdiction of the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality located within the West Coast District Municipality. The site is located ± 4.5 km to the north of the suburb of Blouwater Bay and ± 3 km to the south of the Vredenburg suburb of Louwville. The proposed site is adjacent to the Lafarge quarry operations at Besaansklip.
The proposed mine will predominantly mine and beneficiate phosphate, but the Mining Right Application (MRA) also includes the following minerals: Apatite, Quartz, Calcite, Feldspar, Hematite/Goethite, Ilmenite, Rutile, Zircon, Monazite, Schorl (Tourmaline), Garnet, Titanium Oxide, Limestone, Sandstone, Rare Earth Elements and Aggregates. These minerals are part of the Zandheuvel Phosphate Horizon, and are associated with the Phosphate Mineralization. The resource will be mined by conventional truck and shovel open pit mining. Blasting will not be required. The mine will be divided into three (3) open pits with a total life of mine (LOM) of 11 years. Overburden will be hauled to mine residue facilities. The project also entails the construction of a flotation plant. Potable water for human consumption is proposed to be sourced from municipal supply, while process water for the plant is to be obtained from the Saldanha Sewage Treatment Works.
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