NEW YORK Ivernia Inc. is restarting processing operations at its Paroo Station lead mine near Wiluna, Western Australia, with plans to ramp up to full production by the end of this year.
The restart decision comes after an internal review and confirmation that Ivernias systems and processes are best practice and can transport the mines product safely and capably, according to the company.
Toronto-based Ivernia placed the mineformerly know as Magellanon care and maintenance in April 2011 due to environmental concerns after a test found lead in dried mud at the bottom of a shipping container (amm.com, April 5, 2011).
Western Australias Environmental Protection Authority told Ivernia this week that it had given final approval for all of the preconditions and management plans that were required to be submitted before transportation could restart.
While there is no set date for exports to resume, Ivernia said it expects to ship some of its stockpiled concentrate in April.
"We are confident we have the appropriate systems in place to return to sustainable operation," chairman Trevor Eyton said in a statement.
The mine produced about 44,100 tonnes of contained lead in concentrate in 2010.