Proposals currently under assessment

Rare Earths Complex, Whyalla

The proposal

The development proposal for a Rare Earths Complex by Arafura Resources is situated north of the Whyalla Township and the OneSteel manufacturing site.

Mineral concentrate is to be transported by rail from the Nolans Bore Mine (near Alice Springs) to the Whyalla plant for processing to extract:

  • rare earth oxides (mainly for use in electronics manufacturing)
  • gypsum (mainly for making plasterboard)
  • phosphoric acid (for making fertilizer)
  • small amounts of uranium oxide (yellow cake).

The establishment cost of the processing plant is expected to be $1 billion with an operating life of 20 years. A small desalination plant would provide water for processing.

Assessment stages and documentation

Stage of assessment process Date Documentation
Declaration as major development 23 September 2010 See notice in Government Gazette
Release of guidelines by Development Assessment Commission with level of assessment determined   
Release of assessment document by proponent for public comment   
Response by proponent to public and agency comment on assessment document   
Assessment report by Minister   

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