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Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd: Application for marine consent

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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.

Hearing schedule

The hearing began on 25 September 2014. Find out more at the links below. 

Latest updates

16 January 2015

DMC minute 

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.

Hearing Procedures

The Hearing Procedures outline the rules, key dates and timeframe by which the hearing will run.

The hearing

Find out more about the procedures and timelines for the CRP application.


See the evidence provided in relation to the CRP application.

Decision-making Committee

The EPA Board appointed a Decision-making Committee to decide whether or not to grant the application.

Reports and advice

Read the reports and advice provided to the EPA about CRP’s marine consent application.

Submissions received

See the submissions received on the CRP proposal.

The application

Learn more about CRP's application for a marine consent and view the application documents.

Previous updates

View the previous updates on the CRP marine consent application here.

Contact us

Key contacts at the EPA for the Chatham Rock Phosphate application.

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