Havilah and CMC fast-track development of Portia gold mine

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Havilah Resources and its partner Consolidated Mining and Civil (CMC) have adopted an accelerated mining plan for the Portia gold mine near Broken Hill in South Australia.

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The revised mine plan targets first Portia gold ore delivery early in April, which is three months ahead of schedule.

Havilah said the accelerated mining plan requires a compressed time frame for construction of the processing plant if it is to be ready in time for treatment of first gold ore delivery.

“Currently, most of the critical plant components are either fully compete or substantially complete. Concrete footings have been poured on site and over the next few weeks there will be a continual stream of equipment being transported to site and placed on the footings,” the company said in a statement to the ASX.


Havilah has also hired an experienced Broken Hill contractor to finalise all electrical installation and has employed a senior metallurgist to oversee the commissioning, staffing and operation of the processing plant.

Image credit: www.havilah-resources.com.au
Image credit: www.havilah-resources.com.au

“The innovative revised mining plan provides the opportunity for us to access the gold ore three months earlier for no additional cost, which potentially brings forward cash flow from gold sales. Our development team is working hard to meet the challenge of bringing forward assembly and commissioning of the processing plant in time for firs fold ore delivery,” said Havilah’s Managing Director, Dr Chris Giles.

“Transport of major components of the processing plant to site has commenced, and with concrete pads now in place, all items can be off-loaded directly onto their final positions. One again we are fortunate to be able to call on CMC for assistance with the concrete work and use of their cranes, which has helped to speed up our onsite construction activities.”