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Iluka Resources gains New South Wales' approval for A$680M mineral sands project

The New South Wales government has given a green light to 's A$680 millionmineral sands mine in the Balranald region, ABC reported April 11.

It is the second mineral sands project in the region to be approvedin the last two years.

The mine is expected to produce 500,000 tonnes of heavy mineralconcentrate and 600,000 tonnes of ilmenite on an annual basis for the next 15 years.

The project will create 225 jobs in the construction phase and550 jobs once operational. The mine plan calls for the construction of processingfacilities, access roads, a workers' camp, groundwater brownfields and water pipelines.

The NSW government approved Cristal Mining's mineral sands projectin 2014. Though approved by both the NSW government and the Australian federal government,the mine is not yet in operation.