The Alderon Kami mine iron ore project has been released from further environmental assessment the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation announced today.
Kami mine project area. ‚ÄĒ Map courtesy of Alderon website
Construction, however, cannot proceed until the Kami Mine Limited Partnership prepares a general environmental protection plan and submits it to the minister for approval.
The plan must be developed in order to minimize disturbance, and mitigate potential effects, on the ecosystem during construction and operation of the proposed mine in western Labrador.
The plan must cover:
‚ÄĘ Avifauna (including listed species that occur within western Labrador);
‚ÄĘ Other wildlife
‚ÄĘSpecies of conservation concern (including Lac Joseph Caribou, George River Caribou, Bats and rare and uncommon plants);
‚ÄĘ And include monitoring plans in consultation with the province's wildlife division and submit the monitoring plans to the minister and receive the minister‚Äôs approval prior to the start of construction.
The partnership must also prepare a benefits plan in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Finance.
WorleyParsons Canada holds the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for Alderon's Kami mine and has been issuing calls for companies interested in and capable of working various, necessary subcontracts for the mine's construction.
Once in operation, the Kami project is expected to ship eight million tonnes per year of iron concentrate over a 30-year mine life.
Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley said the release of the project from the environmental process is an important step forward for the project.
‚ÄúThe Kami iron ore project will generate valuable economic and employment opportunities for the people of the province, particularly in Labrador," Dalley said.
"Following today‚Äôs announcement, the next step will be the approval process for a third transmission line between Churchill Falls and western Labrador.‚ÄĚ