Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) propose to construct and operate a vanadium processing facility in the Midwest region, approximately 80 km east of Geraldton and 27 km west of Mullewa on the Geraldton-Mount Magnet Road in the City of Greater Geraldton. The proposal will include a processing facility which includes a processing plant, evaporation ponds, support facilities, heavy and light vehicle access roads, water production bores, reverse osmosis plant and ancillary office. The processing facility is expected to operate for at least 50 years.
The processing plant will have a maximum production rate of 13,000 tonnes of vanadium pentoxide flake per annum and approximately 1,050,000 tonnes of iron-titanium co-product. The vanadium pentoxide will be packaged for transport to Fremantle Port for export, and the iron-titanium co-product will be bulk transported and exported via Geraldton Port.
The proposal location is on private land which is currently zoned ‘Rural’. The processing plant is within a development envelope of 838.4 ha which includes 300 ha of disturbance, with clearing of up to 5 ha of native vegetation. The haul road development envelope is 50.5 ha with 15 ha of disturbance, with clearing of up to 2 ha of native vegetation.
There are three nature reserves within 3.5 km of the project area, two of which are adjacent to the proposal