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Northern Silica project

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
Description Greenfield silica sand mine and processing plant producing up to 5 million tonnes per annum of silica sand product for export, for up to 25 years.
Proponent Northern Silica Pty Ltd, controlled by Diatreme Resources Ltd
Location/s 30 km north of Hope Vale and 200 km north of Cairns. Map
Local government/s Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council and Cook Shire Council
Investment Up to $534.8 million
Key features
  • open cut silica sand mine
  • mine infrastructure area
  • processing plant, product stockpile area and conveyors
  • access road
  • options for use of, and potentially construction of, jetty and marine offloading infrastructure within the Port of Cape Flattery, for export via ocean-going vessels
Construction start date 2025
  • 120 (construction)
  • 90 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

CurrentlyDraft terms of reference for EIS and comments being assessed.
3 June to 8 July 2024 Draft terms of reference ( 883.9 KB) for EIS public consultation.
12 January 2024

Gazettal (PDF icon 246 KB) of 'coordinated project' declaration.

29 November 2023

Application, including initial advice statement ( 16.6 MB) submitted.

14 June 2023 Australian Minister for the Environment and Water decided the project is a ‘controlled action’.

A project that has the potential to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance is called a ‘controlled action’ and requires approval under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth).

Further information

Read more about the EIS process.

Last updated: 09 Jul 2024