Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    State Government seeking operator to reopen Ellendale mine

    25/08/2018 8:00 AM
    • Minister Johnston seeking expressions of interest to reopen former Ellendale mine
    • Unique opportunity for a suitable candidate to explore and extract diamonds 

    The McGowan 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 Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety before being presented to 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.


    For more information, visit http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/EllendaleDiamondMine


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "We are looking for a company that will bring fresh eyes and a new approach to Ellendale.


    "I expect the successful company will have experience in diamond mining and marketing, they'll understand WA's regulatory requirements and be able to fund the new operation.


    "The reopening of this mine and the operating phase of the project will create jobs for Western Australians, which is the McGowan Government's number one priority.


    "The McGowan Government wants to ensure the successful company upholds a safe working environment, consults effectively with the local community and respects the environment."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700