Image receives Minster’s approval for Boonanaring

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Image Resources (ASX: IMA) has received environmental approval from the Western Australian Minister for Environment for the company’s Boonanarring mineral sands project, located north-west of Gingin.

“The Minister’s approval is a significant milestone in the project approvals process and progresses the project towards production, as this is a critical step to bringing any project on stream,” Image Resources chief operating officer Collis Thorp said in the company’s announcement to The Australian Securities Exchange.

Image Resources explained the project involves open cut mineral sands mining, processing through primary and secondary concentration plants to produce heavy minerals concentrate and further treatment through a dry mill to produce ilmenite, rutile, zircon and leucoxene.

The company said the Minister’s approval extends to the construction and operation of associated mine infrastructure such as offices, workshops, fuel storage, roads, solar drying cells and water bores, and to the modification to the intersection of Brand Highway with Wannamal West Road to provide safe access to the project site.