A $2.5 million road upgrade program and an investment of about $6 million in diamond drilling are on the cards at MMG Dugald River this year.
It comes as the North-West Queensland site continues to ramp up to become a 2Mtpa mine and follows an bumper December quarter, with 48,247 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate produced.
General manager Sam Rodda said the operation would continue to work with contractor Barminco to open up new production stopes, enabling it to access more ore earlier.
“In the processing plant, that has displayed the ability to process ore at greater than 2Mtpa already and now it’s about making sure that we can do that consistently and provide the right availability from the plant,” he said.
Projects this year will include a new access route to the tailings dam as part of a $2.5 million works plan to upgrade and develop new all-weather roads at the site.
“We will go out to tender in the next two or three months for that in preparation for the dry season,” Mr Rodda said.
“We also plan to continue in-mine and near-mine diamond drilling to continue to look at extending our resource and converting our resources to reserves during the year. We’re targeting around $6 million this year towards that.”
The operation will also spend $2 million – $3 million for raise boring to open up up fresh ventilation for new parts of the underground mine. Mr Rodda said the tender process was already well progressed for that work.