Phosphate mine to create hundreds of jobs

More than 300 construction jobs are expected to be created at a proposed major phosphate mine in Central Australia.

The Verdant Minerals project  has now received approval from the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NTEPA).

It will be one of the largest phosphate mines in the country, with aspirations to supply Asian markets via the Darwin Port.

The Ammaroo Phosphate Project, 270 km north-east of Alice Springs, will be one of the largest phosphate mines in the country and is expected to create 300 construction jobs and 150 ongoing operations positions.

The feasibility study valued the mine at $344 million and there are plans to produce more than 2 million tonnes of rock phosphate annually.

The mine is predicted to have a life of 25 years and the project will now go to NT Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Eva Lawler and NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles for approval.