Melior Resources is continuing commissioning at its Goondicum ilmenite project near Gladstone in Central Queensland.
It reported June ilmenite production of 9580 tonnes and apatite production of 900 tonnes against budget goals of 12,300 tonnes and 3,7001 tonnes respectively.
Melior restarted the Goondicum operation in November last year and had produced 45,120 tonnes of ilmenite and 4444 tonnes of apatite by the end of June. A total of 26,910 tonnes of ilmenite was shipped in 2018/19, the company said.
In a statement to the market, the company said the ilmenite product quality was good, but the project was yet to consistently produce the targeted top quality Goondicum AA specification ilmenite.
Changes to the processing circuit have been initiated and it is expected that Goondicum AA specification ilmenite will be produced from September 2019.
Production was being impacted by the failure of the processing plant to reach the 375tph design throughput; with the throughput rate averaging around 270tph over the past three months.
This is attributable to the ore feed to date containing a higher proportion of slimes than anticipated.