Verdant Minerals Ltd has referred a proposed action that comprises alterations to the Ammaroo Phosphate Project, approximately 200km south-east of Tennant Creek and 300km north-east of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. In 2018, the NT EPA completed its assessment of the Ammaroo Phosphate Project under the Environmental Assessment Act 1982 and issued Assessment Report 87. The original project involved mining and beneficiation of ore to produce phosphate rock concentrate.
The proposed action involves the development of downstream processing facilities for production of ammonium phosphate fertilisers from the phosphate rock concentrate onsite, requiring the construction of a phosphoric acid plant, sulfuric acid plant, ammonia plant, granulation plant, and changes to amenity, storage, export/import and service infrastructure. The alterations will require importation of 500,000 tonnes per year of elemental sulfur through Port of Darwin, natural gas use to 8.7 petajoules per year, and an expanded borefield to supply an extra 3.9 gigalitres per year of groundwater.
Why we are consulting
Your feedback plays an important role and will be considered by the NT EPA in deciding whether the proposed action requires environmental impact assessment, and if so the required method of assessment.
Consultation helps the NT EPA and proponent to identify issues of concern and potential effects, as well as get feedback from stakeholders on project options or potential mitigation measures.
The NT EPA has prepared guidance for making a public submission that outlines when comments will be sought, how to make an effective comment and what will happen to your comment.
Statutory notice (23 November 2022)
The NT EPA invites public comment on the referral for standard assessment submitted by Verdant Minerals Ltd to alter the previously-assessed Ammaroo Phosphate mine involving development of downstream processing facilities for production of ammonium phosphate fertilisers from the phosphate rock concentrate on the mine site. The alterations include the construction of a phosphoric acid plant, sulfuric acid plant, ammonia plant, granulation plant, and changes to amenity, storage, export/import and service infrastructure.
The referral documents can be inspected and obtained below. Interested persons may make a submission by 20 December 2022 . The NT EPA publishes this notice in accordance with regulation 51(1) of the Environment Protection Regulations 2020.
|Referral form||PDF 784.8 KB|
|Referral main document||PDF 11.5 MB|
|Referral Appendices A to I||PDF 14.4 MB|
|Referral Appendices J to Q||PDF 11.6 MB|
For more information about the referral go to the environmental impact assessment register for the Ammaroo Ammonium Phosphate Fertiliser Project.