The Tcharawopin bauxite deposit is in the south-western corner of our Mineral Development Licence (MDL) area, about 25km away from the Coconut deposit.
Our further work since 2015 has indicated the potential for the additional development of this small deposit, located closer to Aurukun, which could produce an unwashed bauxite product of up to 1.7 million wet tonnes per annum over a six year period.
The project concept for the Tcharawopin deposit would involve a dry season only operation that would mine bauxite and transport product to a barge loading facility on the Watson River for transhipping off-shore for export.
We are undertaking consultations with traditional owners for this country, as well as progressing trade-off studies as part of our technical program.
Baseline environmental assessments commenced in May 2017 with the permission and involvement of traditional owners and these will continue as part of our further feasibility work.