The project is close to road and rail infrastructure which connects the project to a choice of ports. There is a large source of water nearby, for which BRN already has an extraction permit, and the arid climate facilitates both the heap leaching process and access to ample land for the heaps which is flat and currently used only for low productivity animal grazing.
In 2015 BRN completed the refurbishment of the existing demonstration plant and camp facilities. Demonstration heaps commenced in May 2016 with the leach solutions feeding the downstream plant in July. The first nickel and cobalt products were produced in August 2016 and sold later that year. Target extractions of 80% nickel have been exceeded and data has been collected from the demo plant to validate a MetSim dynamic simulation model. The validated Metsim data is subsequently used to simulate the 3 different production scenarios allowing design criteria development for all future engineering work, either for construction of PNP1000 or commencement of the bankable feasibility study for full scale production.
The main environmental licenses (LPs) were awarded in December 2019 and January 2020.