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
"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
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