The proposal, located 280km south east of Halls Creek and 20km west of the Western Australian-Northern Territory border, involves producing approximately 400,000t of ore for gold production from two open pits, Sandpiper and Kookaburra. The ore will be provided for blending with ore from underground mining at the existing operation (Coyote Stage 1).
No crushing or processing will be conducted on site and infrastructure will be minimal. Both pits will be mined below the watertable and will not be backfilled.
A 35km haul road will be constructed between the Stage 2 site and the existing Coyote Stage 1 operation. Transport of the ore to the processing plant at the Coyote mine site will be conducted in “campaigns” involving short periods of intense haulage activity.