Aus Tin Mining has provided an update relating to the re-development of the Granville Tin Project located on the west coast of Tasmania.
The company announced that it began re-commissioning sections of the Granville Processing Plant and that it intends to resume operation utlising existing stockpiles including a quantity of historic tailings.
It said that electrical and mechanical work was being undertaken prior to obtaining regulatory approval for a full resumption of Level 1 operations.
Aus Tin also informed that a quantity of tin concentrate assaying 55%Sn has been produced by the Company with samples dispatched to Traxys for smelter verification.
“Whilst gold had not previously been identified at the Granville Tin Project, both the tin concentrate and sulphide concentrates contained significant levels of gold (48g/t and 132g/t respectively),” the company said in a statement to the ASX.
“Free, visible gold was noted in the tin concentrate and may be recoverable to a separate concentrate. Further work will be undertaken to ascertain the source and extent of gold in the ore and its recoverability.”
Aus Tin said it is looking to expand the scale of the Project to a Level 2 operation and resume mining at the open pit (collectively the Granville Expansion).
“The company is progressing the necessary approvals for the Granville Expansion with the various authorities,” reads the statement.
“Subject to obtaining all necessary approvals, the company would anticipate the Granville Expansion commencing later in the calendar year when average rainfall is generally lower and site more conducive for construction activity.”