Group 6 Metals Dolphin Tungsten Mine

Group 6 Metals touts ESG credentials at its Dolphin Tungsten Mine

Group 6 Metals (ASX: G6M) reports that plans to sustainably redevelop its 100%-owned Dolphin Tungsten Mine are on track following the receipt of a series of regulatory approvals.

The company notes that the work program is proceeding as scheduled, with plant commissioning at the project expected in late 2022 to early 2023, ahead of its first shipment of tungsten concentrate.

Approval conditions under the Environmental Protection Notice for the project require that several detailed environmental management and monitoring plans are approved for implementation to protect the local flora and fauna at the site and surrounding areas.

G6M has committed 33.7 hectares of land as Conservation Covenant area on its mine site at Grassy, which will protect important tracts of Blue Gum eucalyptus forest that provide nesting sites and habitat for some of King Island’s threatened species.

Speaking on the news, Group 6 Metals Chief Executive Officer Keith McKnight said: “On behalf of Group 6 Metals I wish to thank all of those who have assisted the Company in reaching this pivotal moment where we ramp up our construction activities on the Dolphin Tungsten mine.

The Company is grateful for the support of the local authorities and the broader King Island community with whom it continues to work in a highly constructive manner.

We are committed to redeveloping the Dolphin Tungsten Mine in a responsible and sustainable manner’

We are committed to redeveloping the Dolphin Tungsten Mine in a responsible and sustainable manner, while also generating jobs, growth and economic returns through the recommencement of mining from this fantastic asset.”

The Dolphin Tungsten Mine, located on Tasmania’s King Island, is host to the highest-grade tungsten deposit of ‘significant size’ in the western world. It had previously operated between 1917 and 1992 before extremely-low tungsten prices forced closure. At the time, the project consisted of the larger Dolphin mine and the satellite Bold Head Mine.

A grant provided by the Tasmanian Government to Hydro Tasmania for upgrading the capacity of the 11Kv line to Dolphin is set to provide the mine with access to power from the King Island grid for construction and mining operations.

Importantly, a significant amount of this power is generated by green renewable energy which will reduce the mine’s overall carbon footprint.

The company reports that further initiatives will include prioritising local residential employment where practical, along with providing training to enable access to skilled employment at the mine site.

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