22 December, 2022
National award for future driven mine
A FAR NORTHERN mining company has won a prestigious national award for its focus on good outcomes for the environment.
EQ Resources was named the winner of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Environmental Award 2022 at a gala ceremony in Perth for supporting the transition to a low car-bon future and the company’s commitment towards sustainable development of natural resources at its Mt Carbine Tungsten mine.
EQR’s chief executive officer Kevin MacNeill said he was honoured by the accolade.
“Australia’s new breed of critical minerals producers must work closely with host communities in regional locations if they are to fulfill demand for raw materials to drive modern economies,” he said.
“The Environmental Award is a great honour for EQR and recognises the importance the company places on developing a major critical minerals project in conjunction with local communities in Far North Queensland and in sympathy with our sensitive local environment.”
AMEC chief executive officer Warren Pearce said it was clear from the company’s submission that it was developing innovative methods to achieve better long-term environmental outcomes.
In her speech at the awards ceremony, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King recognised the importance of mining and exploration for the discovery and provision of prospective deposits of minerals that the world demands and needs to decarbonise the global economy over the coming decades.
“The world will not reach a net zero emissions position without the resources sector of this nation and there is no re-sources sector without mining and exploration.
“The technologies that negate the effects of climate change to decarbonise the global economy all require minerals. Without the resources sector there is no net zero.”
EQ Resources is breathing new life into the historic Mt Carbine tungsten mine with a successful track record of shipping tungsten concentrate from a refurbished and upgraded crushing circuit and gravity plant.
The refurbished plant uses leading-edge XRT ore-sorting technology to drive economic production from a 12-million tonne low-grade stockpile left over from mining in the 1970-80s.