Sandy Ridge Facility
The Sandy Ridge Project is Australia’s first dual open-cut kaolin mine and arid near-surface geological waste repository in a 70-million-year-old kaolin clay bed, on top of some of the oldest and most stable rocks on earth which formed approximately 3.7 billion years ago. The Sandy Ridge Project is located approximately 240 kilometres (km) west-north-west of Kalgoorlie.
Tellus commenced ‘Stage 1: Enabling works’ in February 2019. Tellus is on track to complete ‘Stage 2A: Installation of the permanent village’ and ‘Stage 2B: Balance of works’ by August 2020. Surface storage operations are expected to start in February 2020 and in-ground permanent isolation (disposal) operations are expected to start in September 2020.
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Tellus has approval (subject to strict conditions) over 25 years to:
- Mine up to 290,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of kaolin clay
- Receive up to 100,000 tpa of hazardous waste at the facility gate, subject to licence conditions
- Build a 40,000-tonne kaolin clay plant (within five years). The kaolin clay can be used in environmental, plant and ceramics markets
- An initial 25-year operating licence, but with the potential to be multi-generational with rolling approval extensions. It has the potential to be WA’s longest life project
Tellus plans to build a circular economy park at the Sandy Ridge Facility. The technologies used will be dependent on the waste received and the technical and economic viability of the waste material. The circular economy park will be subject to a separate approval process.