Austral ramps up action on new mine
The company is focused on ramping up production to see copper cathode coming out of its Mount Kelly plant at a rate of 10,000t per annum from mid-2022.
“It’s exciting to see that site works are proceeding as planned with bulk earthmoving to commence in January 2022 and first ore deliveries expected in April 2022,” chief executive officer Steve Tambanis said.
“Both Anthill mine development and Mount Kelly plant refurbishment are progressing to plan.
“The exploration team is being mobilised with a regional structural review and geophysical studies commencing in November 2021.”
Austral recently appointed Thiess as preferred mining services contractor for the Anthill copper project, about 80km north-west of Mount Isa.
Under the scope of work, Thiess will operate and maintain two mining fleets, undertaking mining services to support Austral’s copper production requirements.
Austral Resources operates a heap leach, solvent extraction and electrowinning (SXEW) processing facility at Mount Kelly, part of the Lady Annie operations it purchased from CST Minerals in 2019.
The company reports that site activities are building momentum across its operations, with an additional 23 personnel on site – bringing the total to 50 personnel to develop the Anthill mine and prepare key equipment at the processing plant.
Below: Clearing underway at the Anthill mine site, with a blasthole rig beginning the first shot pattern over the east pit.
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