New Century zinc production continues to climb
Improved metallurgical performance and metal production rates at its Century zinc mine in the lower Gulf region follow upgrades to the processing plant cleaner circuit.
As part of a planned ramp-up to 12Mtpa operations, New Century has initiated slurry commissioning and optimisation of cleaners 2B, 3B and 4B.
This has allowed the full cleaner circuit of the processing plant to be incorporated into its operations for the first time.
The company said the upgraded cleaner circuit had helped lift Century zinc concentrate product quality, with operations now regularly achieving average zinc grades of 49 – 50 per cent.
New Century anticipates achieving an output of 23,000 – 29,000 tonnes of zinc metal this quarter, rising to 27,000 – 33,000 tonnes zinc metal in concentrate in the December quarter.
“New Century’s planned ramp up to 12Mtpa operations during FY20 remains both on schedule and budget,” it said in an ASX announcement.
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