CITIC Pacific Mining has a strong commitment to sustainable mining practices that minimise the impact on the natural environment and wishes to make a positive contribution to the neighbouring environment in Cape Preston before, during and beyond the operation of the mine. CITIC Pacific Mining has prepared plans to ensure preservation of the conservation values associated with Great Sandy Island Nature Reserve and the proposed Dampier Archipelago Marine Park and Cape Preston Marine Management area.
In order to conserve precious water supplies in the Pilbara, the water needs of the mine are being met through the construction of a large desalination plant.
CITIC Pacific Mining monitors groundwater, subterranean fauna, turtles and shore birds and audits the environmental performance of its subcontractors in order to ensure the protection of the natural environment.
CITIC Pacific Mining’s detailed environmental management plans are below.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In order to minimise greenhouse impacts CITIC Pacific Mining is constructing an efficient low emission combined-cycle power station which has around 40% less emissions than the alternatives. In addition, 150,000 trees will be planted each year to assist in sequestering unavoidable carbon emissions.
Our special steels mills have also increased their efforts to reduce emissions and pollutants and to conserve energy. Steps taken include:
-the use of high quality raw materials to control the emission of pollutants at the source, for example the use of low sulphur coal.
-the treatment of pollutants discharged from the production process such as fumes and dust and the recycling and treatment of waste water, gas and other waste residuals.