Centrex Metals has received State environmental approvals for its Ardmore phosphate project in North-West Queensland.
The company said the issued environmental authority for its mining lease would allow the company to progress start-up operations.
It plans to produce about 30,000 wet tonnes of phosphate rock concentrate to provide batches to potential future customers in the second half of 2019.
The approval includes the installation and operation of a wet processing plant with a capacity of 70 tonnes per hour, which is being fabricated for Centrex by CDE Global.
Centrex is ultimately looking to bring a mining operation and processing facility online with an annual production rate of 800,000 wet tonnes of premium grade phosphate rock concentrate.
The project, 128km south of Mount Isa, is expected to cost $77 million to establish and have a payback period of four years.