Metallon Zimbabwe says it has covered 50% of the expected work to resume operations at Redwing Mine after a six year hiatus and commissioning is targeted for the end of October 2015.
In an update on corporate activities and projects, Chief executive officer Ken Mekani said throughout H1 2015, Metallon had been focused on increasing production to full capacity at all mining operations and continuing work on new projects that will add further production in the second half of the year.
“We are pleased with the progress of our new projects and look forward to the commissioning of the Mazowe Sands Retreatment Plant and the Shamva Tailing Facility and the reopening of Redwing Mine in Q4 2015,” he said.
At Redwing Mine, installation of services and rehabilitation of underground areas above 6 level progressed well and a reasonable amount of ore has been stockpiled on surface.
The refurbishment of surface metallurgical plant circuit is now at advanced stages.
“The late delivery of materials and spares coupled with unforeseen contractual delays have slowed down completion of expected works. To date 50% of the expected work has been completed and commissioning is targeted for the end of October 2015,” he said.
Metallon Corporation is a gold mining company with producing assets in Zimbabwe and exploration assets in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and DRC.
The group said the Sands Retreatment Project at Mazowe Mine commenced with construction of civil engineering work in March 2015 and is approximately 70% complete.
Fabrication of the 60,000 tonne per month plant by Baldmin Engineering in South Africa is approximately 70% complete and will be delivered on site in the coming weeks.
“Plant erection on site will commence in August 2015 with commissioning of the plant on track for October 2015,” the group said.
Mekani added that the Sands Retreatment Project will deliver gold at a grade of about 1.3 g/t to produce approximately 2,000 oz of gold each month for six years.
The gold mine is also developing a new tailing facility at Shamva Mine. Mekani said the company in April 2015 Metallon appointed Fraser Alexander Zimbabwe for the construction of the Shamva Mine 27 hectare tailing facility.
Mobilisation of staff and equipment commenced in May 2015 and since then excavating by the dozer of the starter wall area, the return water pond, the camp site and the two access roads to the dam and camp site have been completed.
Commissioning is expected in mid-October 2015. “Soil baseline test pits have been dug and soil profile samples have been sent to the laboratory for analysis. Once soil sample results are received, construction of the starter wall will commence.”
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