Western Australia

WA Government seeking operator to reopen Ellendale mine

The WA Government is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from mining companies to reopen the Ellendale diamond mine in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

Located 120 kilometres east of Derby, Ellendale was mined between 2002 and 2015 and is still considered to contain marketable diamonds.

The mine has produced gem and industrial-quality diamonds, and previously provided about half of the world’s highly valued fancy yellow diamonds – US jeweller Tiffany & Co was a major client.

Submissions close on Friday November 30, 2018 and will be evaluated by a panel of experts at the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety before being presented to WA Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.

The Minister will choose the successful candidate after considering the EOIs.

It is expected the successful company will be announced in early 2019.

Source: WA Government