Developers of a potential large copper and gold mine at the Pebble prospect say they are focused on completing their plan for the project and applying for permits by the end of the year.
“It’s our top priority,” said Mike Heatwole, spokesman for the Pebble Limited Partnership, a joint-venture of Anglo American PLC and Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.
Pebble is one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold deposits. Molyebdenum is also present. The mine plan, once it is known, may involve a combination of surface, or open-pit, and underground mining.
Heatwole said developing the mine plan is complex and it will be the basis for applications for federal and state permits.
“It’s not something we can rush. We’ve got to get it right,” he said.
Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski recently wrote to the company expressing concern over the length of time it is taking for the company to produce its plan for a mine at the mineral deposit, which is near Iliamna southwest of Anchorage.
“The mine plan basically has three parts, one the engineering and technical feasibility, secondly the environmental effects, and third the overall economics of the project,” Heatwole said.