A proposal to build a new port on South Australia's Lower Eyre Peninsula has received state planning approval, despite a report identifying a range of environmental impacts.
A ministerial report has found Centrex Metals' $250 million deep-water facility at Port Spencer would be a huge boost for the region.
However, the report also identifies a number of environmental impacts, such as coastal and marine disturbances, increased road traffic and potential fuel spills into the marine environment.
The project's general manager, Phil Staveley, says it is committed to minimising any environmental damage.
"We're all greenies at heart aren't we," he said.
"Nobody wants to go out and wreck the environment but ...
these days these projects can be developed in an environmentally appropriate manner." He says concerns will be addressed.
"All those will be dealt with in line with the Government's requirements and the regulations to make sure that any environmental impacts are absolutely minimised," he said.