Sandy Ridge



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  Jay Walker
  (08) 8951 5457
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  Locations: WA Australia
  Project Value: $50M
  Project Status: Bankable Feasibility Study
  Project Owner Tellus Holdings Ltd

Project Details


Tellus Holdings Ltd (Tellus) is planning to construct and operate the proposed dual revenue Sandy Ridge Facility (the Facility). The Facility would involve:

  1. Mining, processing and exporting of kaolin clay
  2. Long term safe storage, recovery or permanent isolation of hazardous and intractable chemical wastes and low level radioactive wastes, such as smoke alarms and fire alarms, into the stable void spaces created by the mining.

The Facility would become an arid near surface geological repository.

It would use a combination of (natural) geological and engineered barriers. These barriers would help to store and/or permanently isolate wastes from the environment over geological time.

If approved by the Western Australian and Federal Governments, the Facility would be located approximately 75km north east of Koolyanobbing, in remote Western Australia. The nearest permanent residents are located at the Carina Iron Ore Mine Accommodation Village, approximately 52km to the South.

The location was specifically chosen because of key environmental characteristics. Together, they make it ideal for use as a geological repository.

The Facility would be located on Crown land. The land is not regarded as having any current or future value for mining (of minerals other than Kaolin) agricultural or cultural purposes.

Kaolin would be extracted using the open cut method of mining carried out in campaigns.

The frequency of the campaigns would be dependent on the volume of waste requiring long term storage or permanent isolation but is expected to be once or twice every 12 months. Up to 40,000 (tpa) kaolin would be mined per year for use in ceramics, paints and for other industrial uses.

The mined voids would be filled with waste that would be segregated for safety reasons. The voids would then be backfilled (with kaolin) and compacted. A thick layer of low permeability clay would then be placed on top of the waste to seal the waste layers and to prevent water from entering the waste cell. Soil would be placed over the domed clay cap to enable future vegetation.

An average of 66,000 tpa over 25 years would be safely and securely stored or permanently isolated at the Facility. If approved, the Facility would be licenced to accept up to 100,000 tpa.

Waste materials will be stored on a like with like basis for safety but also to create opportunities as part of the circular economy for the future recovery of valuable materials. Tellus geological repository model follows similar facilities which have been safely and successfully operating in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America for many years and are regarded as a worlds best practice solution.

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Project Documents


General

  ▲ CONTRACT
Tellus Receives $1.6 Million Research and Development Tax Incentive Refund

Media Releases

  ▲ CONTRACT
19/07/2018 Sandy Ridge Early Works on the Way Announcement
09/04/18 Innovation - Australia's First Air Dome Cell Cover at Sandy Ridge
2/03/18 Sandy Ridge independent peer review completed with positive results
9/02/18 Sandy Ridge construction planning update update
8/12/17 Sandy Ridge Regulatory Approvals Update - WA EPA Recommends Project Approval Subject to Conditions
01/12/17 Sandy Ridge Construction Planning Update-Contracts Awarded for Site Investigations
03/11/17 Sandy Ridge Construction Planning Update - Preferred EPC and PMC Tenderer Appointed
27/10/17 Sandy Ridge Bankable Feasibility Study Complete With Positive Results
15/09/17 Tellus Supports Local Community Groups
08/09/17 Tellus Accelerates Towards Operational Readiness
01/09/17 Sandy Ridge Regulatory Approval Progress
05/05/17 Tellus' BD and Tech Services Teams Expand
05/05/17 Tellus' Projects Awarded Major Project Facilitation Service by the Australian Government
10/04/17 Sandy Ridge Regulatory Approval Progress
24/02/17 Commencement of BFS for Sandy Ridge and New Project Video
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Sandy Ridge - Any Opportunities2 Mar 1731 Dec 171 Jul 18
Express interest for any opportunities that may arise for this project.