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Proposed Saint Elmo Vanadium Project

Project description

MULTICOM RESOURCES LIMITED (the proponent) is proposing to develop the Saint Elmo Vanadium Project (the Project) to mine and produce vanadium. The proposed Project would be located approximately 25 kilometres east of the town of Julia Creek, in Queensland’s North West Minerals Province, within the McKinlay local government area.

The proponent proposes to develop a greenfield, shallow, open cut mine and associated infrastructure, to produce up to 20,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of Vanadium Pentoxide (V2O5) over a mine life of at least 30 years. The proposed Project would require strip mining of up to 15 million tpa of material within an 8,882 hectare area on mining lease application (MLA) 100162. An area of 180 ha adjacent to the Flinders River and partially within the Punchbowl Road Reserve and off the mining lease will be used for a Water Storage Facility and associated pipeline.

The proposed project would consist of:

  • shallow (20-40 meters depending on the depth of overburden) open cut pits, with north-south aligned strip mining panels to be sequentially mined, backfilled and rehabilitated
  • a run-of-mine and process pad
  • overburden and topsoil storage and management areas
  • an area for blending run-of-mine stockpiles to minimise feed grade variation through the processing plant
  • road access from the Flinders Highway
  • a rail spur into MLA 100162 from the Northern Rail Line
  • an infrastructure area, including offices, laboratories, workshops
  • a sewerage treatment plant and associated irrigation area
  • an off-lease Water Storage Facility and associated pipeline to store and deliver water to the site
  • a tailings storage facility
  • onsite water management infrastructure including; evaporation pond, raw water dam, mine water dam and dirty water storage
  • progressive rehabilitation of disturbed areas
  • a power station (diesel and gas generator and proposed area for a solar farm).

The proposed Project would employ approximately 200 people during construction and approximately 150 people once operational at a production level of 10,000 tpa increasing to 250 people at the expected expanded production levels. The EIS will scope accommodation requirements for the proposed Project.

Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Queensland)

On 27 November 2017, the former Department of Environment and Heritage Protection approved an application for the proponent to voluntarily prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act).

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth)

On 6 September 2017, the Department of the Environment and Energy determined the proposed project to be a controlled action (EPBC 2017/8007) under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The controlling provisions are sections 18 and 18A (Listed threatened species and communities). The proposed project will be assessed under the Bilateral Agreement between the Australian and Queensland Governments (section 45 of the EPBC Act) using the EIS prepared under the EP Act.

Public notification of the EIS

The process for the assessment of this project is as follows:

  1. Submission of draft TOR
  2. Public notification of draft TOR
  3. Final TOR issued—EIS in preparation
  4. Public notification of EIS
  5. Proponent responds to submissions
  6. EIS assessment report

In accordance with sections 51 and 52 of the EP Act, the Department of Environment and Science (the department) has decided the EIS can be notified.

Copies of the EIS can be inspected at the following locations:
Department of Environment and Science
Floor 3, 400 George Street
BRISBANE QLD 4000

The EIS can also be viewed online at http://saintelmoproject.com.au.

Electronic copies can be ordered by phoning the proponent on 1800 270 844 or emailing saintelmo@epicenvironmental.com.au.

Persons with special needs may ask for assistance in accessing the material by phoning or emailing the proponent using the above contact details.

Written submissions on the EIS are invited from any person during the submission period, which starts on 4 November 2019 and ends at 5pm on 16 December 2019. Submissions should be either mailed to:

The Chief Executive
Department of Environment and Science
Attention: The EIS Coordinator (Saint Elmo Vanadium Project)
GPO Box 2454
Level 9, 400 George Street
Brisbane Qld 4001

Or by emailing eis@des.qld.gov.au.

A properly made submission is one that:

  • is written
  • is signed by or for each person (‘signatory’) who made the submission
  • states the name and address of each signatory
  • is made to the chief executive
  • is received on or before the last day of the submission period.

Section 14 of the Electronic Transactions Act (Queensland) 2001 states that the requirement for a signature will have been met for an electronic communication so long as the person is identified.

The department is collecting the information provided in submissions for consideration in the EIS process. All submissions (including names and addresses) will be provided to the proponent as required under section 56 of the EP Act, so that they may consider them and provide a response to the department.

This consultation is a public process, and any submission you provide may be published (including online) and may be transmitted outside of Australia. You may wish to bear this in mind when providing your submission. Your personal information will not be disclosed by the department to any other parties unless authorised or required by law.

Further information

Current documents

Superseded documents

For further information about the EIS process for this proposal, contact the EIS Coordinator on 13QGOV (13 74 68) or email eis@des.qld.gov.au.