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Export approval for beenup mineral sands project



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* MINISTER FOR RESOURCES

ALAN GRIFFITHS MP

5 N o v e m b e r 1991 DPIE91/273G

EXPORT APPROVAL FOR BEENUP MINERAL SANDS PROJECT

The Federal Minister for Resources, Mr Alan Griffiths, announced today that in principle export approval has been given for the Beenup mineral sands project in Western Australia.

The project has been proposed by Mineral Deposits Limited, a subsidiary of BHP. Development is subject to satisfactory arrangements for transport and power supply routes and the successful completion of marketing negotiations currently underway.

"The proposed Beenup project is a significant development, involving capital expenditure of some $120 million and annual export income of around $50 million through the export of about 500,000 tonnes of ilmenite," Mr Griffiths

said.

"It is expected that construction of the project over a two year period will commence in 1992 with a workforce of some 200 people. The project will have a permanent workforce of 135 people.

"The project has been subject to a public Environmental Review and Management Program by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority and has also been environmentally assessed by the Commonwealth.

"On the basis of those environmental assessments, I have determined that mineral sands exports from the project will be allowed, subject to the company meeting the stringent environmental conditions set by the Western Australian Government.

"Export approval is also subject to satisfactory arrangements being put in place for transport and power supply routes for the project. These aspects are still being assessed by Western Australia and I am confident that

they will be quickly resolved to ensure that the project proceeds on schedule."

The Minister said that Mineral Deposits has taken a highly responsible approach to the environmental aspects of the

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project and he noted that the company has been publicly commended by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority for its involvement of the community in the development of the proposal.

"The balancing of the economic and environmental aspects and the close co-operation of the State and the Commonwealth in achieving a timely approval for the Beenup project will serve as a model for other major resource projects," Mr Griffiths said.

Fufther Information:

Kristen Barry, Minister's Office (06) 277 7480

Garry Cullen, Department (06) 272 4173