Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (CRP) is proposing to mine phosphate nodules from the Chatham Rise, initially within an 820 sq. km area for which it has a mining permit. In the future, mining may also occur in a wider 5,207 sq. km area, dependent on monitoring results and environmental investigations. CRP is seeking a marine consent from the EPA in relation to the wider area (5,207 sq. km). CRP proposes to mine at least 30 sq. km of seabed per annum to meet its annual minimum production target of 1.5 million tonnes of phosphate nodules.
The hearing began on 25 September 2014. Find out more at the links below.
16 January 2015
The Decision-making Committee has issued a minute (M22) extending the timeframe to make a decision to 10 February 2015. You can view the minute using the link below.
12 December 2014
Closure of CRP hearing
The Decision-making Committee (DMC) has closed the hearing on the CRP application. The Committee now has 20 working days to make its decision. Due to the Christmas period a decision is expected to be made early next year. The DMC has issued a minute (M21) closing the hearing. You can view it using the link below.
The Hearing Procedures outline the rules, key dates and timeframe by which the hearing will run.