New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals has granted Tasman Mining the Mining Permit for the high-grade Blackwater gold deposit near Reefton on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
The approval grants the right to mine gold and silver from the site for a 20 year period.
Tasman Mining’s objective is to establish an underground mine at the site of the historic Blackwater mine. The mine would have a small surface footprint with an access point and infrastructure located on private land several kilometres away from the historic mine site. Tailings from the operation would be stored underground within the mine.
Resource Consents, already obtained, support Tasman Mining’s current plan to construct a 3.3 kilometre twin decline (tunnel) to provide a site for underground drilling to build more geological confidence in the existing gold resource which is needed before making a decision to mine.
From here, drilling of the deeper extensions of the deposit will be completed to increase confidence in the current 700,000 ounce Mineral Resource as part of a Feasibility Study.
Subject to regulatory approvals and the results of the Feasibility Study, first gold production from Blackwater could occur by 2024.