DMIRS publishes Q&A for miners interested in reopening Ellendale diamond mine

Expression of Interest submissions close 30 November
Date: Friday, 19 October 2018

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has published a comprehensive Q&A document on its Request for Expressions of Interest for reopening the former Ellendale Diamond Mine (REOI).

Before its closure in 2015, the Kimberley mine produced about half of the world’s highly valuable Fancy Yellow diamonds as well as clear and industrial-quality diamonds.

After it closed, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston created an exemption area under Section 19 of the Mining Act to allow for a new mining company or consortium to apply for a new mining lease.

Submissions close on 30 November 2018 and will be evaluated by a panel of experts within DMIRS before being presented to the Minister for consideration.

If acceptable EOIs are received, it is expected that the Minister will decide on which company to invite to apply for a new mining lease early in 2019.

Details of how to submit an EOI are also in the document Request for Expressions of Interest Former Ellendale Diamond Mine which can be downloaded from the Tenders WA website.

For more information, visit the DMIRS website or download this fact sheet.