Townsville earmarked for silica processing plant
The company is targeting first production in 2022 from the Cape York silica project, located near Mitsubishi’s major Cape Flattery sand mine.
While Diatreme remains focused on Galalar’s permitting and approval process, it revealed today that it is also evaluating opportunities to add further value to the project’s premium quality silica product.
Representatives have undertaken site visits in Townsville to examine potential available land and supporting infrastructure for potential downstream processing or manufacturing opportunities.
“The Lansdown Industrial Precinct was one of the areas we looked at, along with a number of other potential sites closer to and directly within the port area” chief executive officer Neil McIntyre said.
Meanwhile the company has stepped up its community engagement activities in the Hope Vale region after the recent opening of a community office.
It recently hosted community consultation meetings in Hope Vale and Cairns as part of the social impact assessment process (SIA).
“We are working as hard as we can to deliver the best project possible for the people of North Queensland,” Mr McIntyre said.
“Demand for Galalar’s product continues to rise on the back of the solar energy boom and with the clean energy revolution accelerating, our project has the right product at the right time.”
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