Speciality Metals plans to modernise its Mount Carbine quarry over the next few months as it expands production and explores new products.
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Kevin MacNeill, said the company was planning to incorporate an X-ray Transmission (“XRT”) Sorter into the quarry to extract high grade tungsten material from the crushed aggregate.
Along with this, some new equipment will be purchased to modernise the quarry.
It comes as Mount Carbine Quarrying Operations gears up to fill a $4 million purchase order from Bama Civil for the supply of various quarry materials.
Delivery of the material is scheduled for the December half, as Bama completes a road construction project on the Peninsula Development Rd in Far North Queensland.
The quarry business offers an economic avenue for recycling mining waste on the site, about 120km north-west of Cairns.
“Effectively what we’re looking at is beneficial reuse of historical waste rock material, so it’s a full cycle,” Mr MacNeill said.
“Instead of opening up a new quarry somewhere else, we can utilise that (waste) rock and it lends itself well for road base material and gabion stone.
“Additional permitting will be required should the XRT pilot plant prove viable and the quarry installs a full-scale XRT Plant.”