BOLIVIA- Apogee Silver of Toronto has received approval of the environmental impact assessment from the Bolivian government for its Pulacayo silver and base metals project in the southeastern part of the country. Receipt of the approval is a major milestone in the development of the project.
Apogee now awaits the receipt of the final regulatory approvals and sufficient funding to begin mine and concentrator construction with a start-up production rate of 500 t/d. The company plans to add a second 500 t/d module to double processing capacity in the first three years of operation. The current permit allows for the creation of a tailings management area suitable for a 1000 t/d mill.
Development of the infrastructure has already begun. Initial earthworks for the concentrator are done. A 1.3-km access road now ties the mill site to the newly paved, government funded road, and another new road is planned in 2014. The Pulacayo concentrates will be trucked to the Chilean port of Arica via a new 755-km road, and the government has built a new airport 25 km from the mine at Uyuni. A new electrical substation in the same town will have the capacity to supply the mine and mill.
The Pulacayo mine has been the site of successful bulk mining and the concentrates tolled to to generate US$1.6 million in pre-production sales.
The technical reports from Pulacayo are posted at ApogeeSilver.com.