Early works are continuing on the Dugald River project including pre-production mine development at site as MMG gears up to bring the zinc asset into production.
The company last year announced it would bring the zinc mine, 65km north-west of Cloncurry, into production in 2018 under an updated development plan and at an expected cost of $1 billion.
Total underground development since 2011 at the project has reached more than 20,000m and the company plans to commence construction of remaining surface infrastructure facilities this year.
The updated development plan for Dugald River utilises plant and equipment purchased and infrastructure constructed during the pre-approval phase.
An MMG spokesman said the company had created a process for Cloncurry or Mount Isa suppliers and vendors to register their interest in the Dugald River project by emailing AUDRM.email@example.com with the subject title: DRM Supplier Registration (and their company name).
They should include information such as contact details, core business and specific area of interest, and previous mining project experience.
Other parties seeking supply work with MMG can provide their details to an online register (see http://www.mmg.com/en/About-Us/Suppliers.aspx)
The updated plan for Dugald River includes a mine production rate of 1.5Mtpa, construction of a concentrator and annual production of about 160,000 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate, plus by-products, over an estimated 28-year mine life.
This places Dugald River within the world’s top 10 zinc mines when operational.