KBL Mining has secured approval from the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority for its Sorby Hills project.
The EPA’s recommendations have now been forwarded to the Federal environmental minister for consideration.
KBL has already completed a prefeasibility study for Stage one of the Sorby Hills project, based on a conventional open cut mine and sulphide flotation concentrator operation.
A feasibility study, mining permits and operational licence are now being progressed for the silver, lead and zinc project located north east of the Kimberley region in WA.
The company expects construction to kick off in mid-2014 with operations to commence about 12 months later.
The initial start-up capital cost for the project is $70 million.
Stage one of Sorby Hills is estimated to have a 10 year mine life, producing about 20,000 tonnes per annum of lead and 800,000 ounces per annum of silver.
EPA chairperson Paul Vogel said in the report that a number of environmental factors have been examined during the assessment for the Sorby Hills proposal, including the project’s impact on vegetation, human health, and the ability to rehabilitate the area when mine life concludes.