Australian mining company Centaurus Metals expects to be granted a preliminary licence for its Jambreiro iron ore project, in Brazil, this October.
The company would then be on target to produce first iron ore by the end of 2013.
The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for Jambreiro, located in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, has been filed with the state’s environmental authority, Supram, in pursuit of the licence, Centaurus said.
The application has been made for an operation that can deliver up to 3 million tpy of high-grade iron ore, although the Jambreiro project is initially planned to start production at a rate of 2 million tpy.
Once the preliminary licence is granted, the company will apply for an installation licence, enabling construction of plant and equipment at the site.
The installation licence is expected to be obtained by April 2013, according to Centaurus.
Jambreiro's iron ore output will be sold in the Brazilian market.
“Centaurus is aiming to become a supplier of choice to the domestic steel industry by beneficiating the itabirite ores at its projects to produce a high-quality, consistent final product grading 65-66% Fe,” the company said.
Besides its flagship Jambreiro project, Centaurus’s mining business in Brazil consists of its Passabem and Itambé projects.
Both are also intended to serve Brazilian domestic demand, and will be brought into production at a later time to expand the company’s production base, Centaurus said.
The company is also developing the export-oriented Serra da Lontra iron ore project
, in the country's Bahia state.
Ana Paula Camargo