Galena Mining has announced that mining of the underground decline has commenced at its Abra base metals project in the Gascoyne Region of Western Australia.
According to the company’s statement, Byrnecut Australia – the mining contractor for Abra – commenced operations for the underground decline on Tuesday, following the deployment of people and equipment to the mine site, and completion of final box-cut preparation works and services installation.
Managing Director Tony James said primary decline works are expected to continue for approximately 14-months, adding that the project remains on-track for first commercial ore production at the start of 2023.
“Taking the first cut in the portal to start the underground decline at Abra is very exciting. This keeps us on track for first commercial production of our high-value, high-grade lead-silver concentrate at the start of 2023,” Mr James said.
“It is also the historical beginning of mining in the very prospective Edmund Sedimentary Basin. Special appreciation is given to Byrnecut and the Abra team on site for the extremely professional approach taken to achieve the official commencement of underground mining at Abra.”