Agata Mining Expecting Environmental Certificate
In the first quarter of 2021, Agata Mining Ventures Inc. (AMVI), a subsidiary of TVI Resource Development Phils. Inc. (TVIRD), expects to be issued an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC). This is for its limestone project in Agusan del Norte.
“In February 2020, the application for the Environmental Compliance Certificate [for the Agata limestone project] commenced,” TVIRD said. “Receipt of the ECC is expected in the first quarter of 2021.”
The Philippine affiliate of TVI Pacific Inc., a publicly-listed Canadian firm, TVIRD holds 60 per cent interest in AMVI which started in 2014. The Agata project is in the same Mineral Processing Sharing Agreement (MPSA) area as AMVI’s nickel-iron project.
Presently, AMVI continues to review the feasibility of starting a limestone direct shipping ore (DSO) or coming out with hydrated lime and a higher value ground calcium carbonate product marketable to the plastics and paper industries around Asia.
TVIRD also added that endorsements from the local government units (LGUs) have been received and that the balance of the permitting process continues and is expected to be finished in 10 to 12 months.
Throughout the life of the mine, the target annual production rate is 2 million metric tons (MT).
Meanwhile, TVIRD said that in spite of the pandemic, Agata has continued to ship nickel laterite. As of October 31, 2020, AMVI has shipped nickel laterite with a weight of 2.6 million metric tons. This was done through 47 shipments.