Jun 22, 2023

New waste facilities boost Renison's future

The future of the Renison Tin Mine is as bright as ever with the official opening today of a new $39 million waste treatment and recycling facility.

The Mine is Australia's largest producer of tin, a key mineral critical for the manufacture of electronic parts, corrosion resistant food packaging and the production of alloys used in applications as varied as bearing metals, statues and musical instruments. Importantly, the Mine also supports hundreds of jobs in regional Tasmania.

Minister for Resources, Felix Ellis, said that the opening of the newly constructed paste fill and wastewater treatment plants provided significant improvement to efficiency and environmental protection at the mine.

"The new facilities will maximise the re-use of waste and minimise the waste storage needs to support the new high yield Area 5 project at the site," Minister Ellis said.

"Already employing 340 people and supporting an extra 240 contractors, the Area 5 operation will be the lifeblood of Renison through to 2030 or beyond.

"With reserves sufficient for around 10 years of operations at current rates, it is pleasing to see Renison's continued contribution to the West Coast and broader Tasmanian community continue.

"I congratulate the entire Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture team for their commitment and effort in realising this project.

"Investments such as this underpin our mineral industries' confidence in Tasmania's prosperity and stability as a place to do business.

"With assessment of the Rentails project also progressing, these new facilities could greatly improve the outlook of the feasibility study which is currently in the process of being updated.

"Should Rentails go ahead it would mean not only significant investment in the region but the creation of hundreds of new jobs new on the West Coast, initially for construction but also for the life of the project.

"With business having the confidence to invest, mines re-opening, mineral exploration booming and increasing global demand for minerals produced right here in Tasmania, the future for our mining sector is bright.

"The Rockliff Liberal Government is proud to back Tasmania's mining and minerals processing sector and the thousands of regional jobs it supports."

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