The AIM-listed miner said the environmental permit, issued by the provincial government of Central Kalimantan, will allow it to proceed with the development of the BKM mine and infrastructure associated with the project through to closure of operations.
Asiamet hailed the approval as a “significant milestone”, with the next major regulatory requirement to be a “borrow and use” permit from the Government of Indonesia Forestry Department.
The company said work was now underway to secure a number of sub-permits to fulfil the criteria for the new document.
Peter Bird, Asiamet's chief executive, said that following the completion of a feasibility study for the project, the firm was continuing to focus on “de-risking” BKM by achieving the remaining permitting milestones while also “advancing a range of funding options” to push development forward.
He added that the granting of the recent permit was “testament” to the company’s ability to work with the Indonesian authorities and secure the approvals needed to develop BKM.
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