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New phosphate mine to open in Queensland

North West Phosphate’s Paradise South complex has received the go-ahead

A new phosphate mine in northwest Queensland has been given the green light, with the granting of mining leases by the Queensland government.

North West Phosphate’s Paradise South complex is located 130 kilometres northwest of Mount Isa, next to Glencore’s Lady Loretta zinc mine. Paradise South will be an open cut mining operation with a schedule to excavate up to two million tonnes of phosphate ore per annum over an initial 20-year mine life. The Paradise South mine will include a processing plant onsite to produce phosphate concentrate.

It is expected to create 200 jobs during construction, while 245 workers will be employed once operational, the state government says.

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North West Phosphate intends to use local services which will provide a further boost to the northwest Queensland economy.

“Phosphorous is an important product not only in the agriculture sector but is also needed for the technologies the world will adopt as it moves to a net zero economy,” Queensland resources and critical minerals minister Scott Stewart says.

“That is why the Commonwealth government has added phosphorous to its new Strategic Materials list.”

The Queensland government has also announced that it has agreed to invest $20 million from the Queensland Critical Minerals and Battery Technology Fund in EQ Resources’ Mt Carbine Tungsten Mine in Far North Queensland for the reopening of historic underground mining operations.

The government says the underground deposit of the open pit is still relatively unexplored and the mine extension will support up to 100 new jobs.

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