Havilah Resources has achieved a significant milestone of first 10,000 ounces of gold produced from its Portia gold mine.
“Record daily production was achieved in 29 September, with approximately 34 kg of gold concentrate produced in a single day. This allowed for a record single gold pour of approximately 49 kg of unrefined gold bullion,” Havilah said in a statement to the ASX.
“These milestones were achieved despite abnormally persistent rain storms that have occurred almost every week for the past three months. Each time it rains open pit operations must be suspended for a short period for safety reasons due to hazardous driving conditions created by the slippery clay. Three heavy rain events over the past three weeks finally cut road access to diesel fuel tankers, causing mining operations to be temporarily suspended.”
The company, which has a contract for mining of the Portia gold deposit with Consolidated Mining & Civil Pty Ltd (CMC), said the Broken Hill based mining contractor has managed to maintain mining rates at a high level, and has delivered significant stockpiles of ore to the processing plant, allowing gold production to continue throughout this period.
“The drilling is expected to resume shortly with drilling to test for gold resources in the floor of the open pit and immediately along strike,” reads the statement.
“Conventional assay results from previous drilling are encouraging, particularly from the base of Tertiary layer, but are yet to be confirmed by Havilah’s ore reliable washing method of the remaining drill samples.”
Havilah Managing Director, Dr Chris Giles commended CMC for keeping the processing plant operating despite the unfavourable weather conditions.
“It is a huge tribute to CMC and our supporting mine planning and processing team that we have kept the processing plant operating throughout this period of extended heavy rains, and have achieved two great milestones in terms of production,” he said.
“I am very excited by our upcoming drilling, the Lorenzo prospect lying immediately south of Portia has multiple ore grade gold intersections over five kilometres of strike in earlier Pasminco vertical air core drillholes that were conventionally sampled. We are following up with tight targeting of the prospective mineralised corridor we see in the open pit with angled reverse circulation percussion drillholes using more reliable sampling methods that we have proven at Portia.”