Dalradian has said its proposed mine and processing plant in the Sperrins will be cyanide-free and that the mine will be the first in Europe with a zero carbon footprint.
The company, whose proposals to prospect for gold and silver in the Sperrins has run into opposition from members of Derry City & Strabane District Council, has submitted a package of Further Environmental Information (FEI) to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), in order to assuage concerns.
The Canadian-controlled goldminer said the project will be carbon-neutral through measures such as using renewable power, electric vehicles, covered conveyor belts and biodiesel. Fuel usage has also been reduced by 25 per cent or approximately 1 million litres per year, it said.
Meanwhile, Dalradian has further promised that “no cyanide or smelting will be used. Instead, simplified processing will yield a partially refined product that will receive further treatment overseas”.
Water demand has also been reduced by nearly 30%; all water will be sourced on-site and recycled within the site.
Patrick F.N. Anderson, President and CEO said: “The mine will be immensely beneficial for Co. Tyrone and the wider region, creating 1,000 jobs and spending of £750 million locally over 20-25 years.
“We will be investing in training and working with local colleges to make sure that it is the local people who benefit most from the long-term jobs and opportunity that this project will create.
"Given the scale of the project, it has met with a very high level of interest and comment. We have listened carefully to the feedback we’ve received from those who have actively engaged with us.”