Delta Lithium has announced that it has reached a milestone in the development of its Mt Ida Lithium Project, having received approval for open pit mining.
The approval follows the submission in March 2023 of a Mining Proposal and Mine Closure Plan to the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), in relation to open pit mining operations.
This approval, in conjunction with other key permitting already received (Native Vegetation Clearance Permit and 5C Water Extraction Licence) allows for the ability to commence open pit mining operations at Mt Ida.
The company has said that this is a key milestone in its strategy to achieve ‘shovel ready’ status on Phase 1 of mine development at Mt Ida and further de-risks development of the concentrate project.
Approval of open pit mining now positions the company to take advantage of the opportunity to exploit shallow gold ore that is overlying lithium ore.
Detailed technical work is now underway based on the recent Lithium MRE update and the maiden Gold MRE announced by the company.
Delta Managing Director, James Croser, said that with all statutory approvals for commencement of mining now received, it is accurate to say that Mt Ida is shovel-ready.
“The combined lithium and gold resources present a compelling mining project. The company is now in an enviable position at Mt Ida to simultaneously progress studies on the lithium concentrate project; while also progressing discussion around deriving value from high-grade gold.”