Australian exploration and development company Heron Resources has appointed Mr Andrew Lawry to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective 22 June 2015.
Mr Lawry has extensive experience in project management, engineering, construction, commissioning and operations – both in Australia and overseas – which stretches over a period of nearly three decades.
Prior to this appointment, he had worked for several leading resource companies, including Polymetals, Newcrest and engineering firms Bateman, Normet and Q-Proc.
Mr Lawry has also been credited for managing the successful retreatment of the Hellyer base metal tailings project in 2006 in western Tasmania.
According to the company’s ASX release, Mr Lawry will oversee the development and operation of the Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project in NSW, including final plant design, final site preparations, construction and commissioning ahead of commercial production.
Heron’s Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Taylor said Mr Lawry’s past experience made him the perfect choice to lead the successful development of the Woodlawn Project which comprises the retreatment of tailings in combination with an underground mining development.
“This is a significant appointment for Heron and demonstrates momentum at an important time in the development of the Woodlawn Project. We are extremely pleased to have secured the services of Andrew – his extensive management experience will be invaluable as we finalise the Woodlawn plant design ahead of awarding contracts,” Mr Taylor said.
“Under the Company’s staged approach, development of the Woodlawn Project is currently planned to commence later this year with the construction of the 1.5Mtpa processing plant and the commencement of tailings retreatment, followed by the high grade Woodlawn Underground Project as soon as practicable once the Feasibility Study is concluded.”
Heron is engaged in the exploration and development of base and precious metal deposits in Australia, including the high-grade Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project and a number of other high quality exploration properties located in the Lachlan Fold Belt in NSW.
The Company also holds the Kalgoorlie Nickel Project located north of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.