Red River Resources has started mining massive sulphide ore from underground at the West 45 mine, part of the company’s Thalanga zinc project south-west of Charters Towers.
The company said today the first truckload of massive sulphide ore had been delivered to the ROM (Run of Mine) pad ready for processing through the Thalanga mill in the last quarter of 2017.
Thalanga mill refurbishment is expected to be completed and commissioning activities started in the second half of this year, with West 45 ramping up to design production levels.
Stoping is expected to begin in late Q3 2017.
“The commencement of ore production from West 45 marks a major step towards the full restart of the Thalanga zinc project in Q4 2017,” Red River managing director Mel Palancian said.
Red River Resources bought the Thalanga processing plant and surrounding tenements from failed miner Kagara’s administrators in 2014.
It is expected to cost $17.2 million to bring the zinc mining and processing operation online.
Pybar Mining Services was awarded the West 45 underground mining contract early this year.