Australian minerals miner Canyon Resources Limited announced last week that the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for its operations at Mining Martap Bauxite Project, which will bring it one step closer to beginning production at the site.
Canyon submitted an application to mine the site to the Cameroon Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) almost one year ago. The plan at the site is to divide it into three exploration tenements and connect them to the port of Douala via new haul roads to a rail line at Makor.
The firm says a combination of environmental factors and effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic require them to complete the ESIA in phases. Canyon says it plans to do more of its own studies on issues that may be raised in the ESIA.
James Durrant, Director of Projects, said in a press release that local stakeholders have been immensely helpful in completing the ESIA.
“Securing support for the Project from local and regional stakeholders is a key driver for Canyon, and a critical element in the pursuit of a mining permit for Minim Martap. Throughout the ESIA process, engagement with local communities has been positive and the ESIA has provided a clear understanding of the biophysical background to the Project, providing Canyon with the means to proactively mitigate and control impacts and make our project of even greater benefit to the communities.”
The Minim-Martap Bauxite Project sits atop an estimated 1,002 million metric tons of bauxite ore, of which 484 thousand metric tons is thought to be high-grade bauxite. Canyon says the first phase of production at the site will start at a rate of 5 million metric tons per annum after an investment at the site of US$120 million.