Metro Mining has restarted its Bauxite Hills mine, north of Weipa, after the wet season and is ready to ramp up production.
The company has recruited its workforce to shift into owner/operator mining and carried out significant upgrade works on site.
To prepare for the increase in production in 2019, the port area was increased in size and the layout changed to improve traffic flow.
Stockpile management systems were modified and new screening equipment has been installed.
Metro said mining and haulage operations commenced in late March/early April, focusing on building stocks in preparation of the first ship, which arrived on April 11.
There are significant stocks on hand and the second ship has been booked to arrive later this week, with both shipments to be delivered to Metro foundation customer Xinfa.
Metro expects to finalise the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for Stage 2
of the project this quarter.
“We are very pleased with what has been achieved on site and welcome our new and returning personnel to Bauxite Hills,” Metro managing director and chief executive officer Simon Finnis said.
“Now we have laid the groundwork I am very confident the team will meet this calendar year’s revised production target of 3.5 million Wet Metric Tonnes (WMT) and build on last years’ successes.”