Emerging gold producer Mantle Mining has outlined details of its plan to bring the historic Morning Star Gold Mine into production.
Last month, Mantle acquired a 95% interest in the mine, which was once one of the most prolific gold producers in the country.
The company is currently conducting data review and is compiling new database and new models of the upper level reefs. It is also conducting Donaldson Reef target review, drill plans, development plans and mining plans, as well as “Gap Zone” (10 level to 14 level) assessment for new exploration targets.
It is also carrying out whole-of-mine risk management processes and safety management review, and is undertaking minor rehabilitation of surface, shaft and underground services. According to the company, definition drilling will be followed by development of Donaldson Reef.
In regards to mineral processing , the company is defining the required metallurgical test work and modifying plant operational specifications, and will be modifying the plant and re-commission using material from Donaldson Reef.
“The activities at Morning Star, which will occur concurrently, cover geology, mining and mineral processing and will provide us with the most de-risked pathway to bring this outstanding asset back into production,” said Mantle Managing Director, Mr Ian Kraemer.
He said that plans to recommence production from the company’s start-up project, the Norton Gold Mine are already well advanced, with mining activities expected to commence earlier this year.
“At the same time, strong progress is being made at Norton, which will be the first project into production. This is an exciting time for Mantle, with a clear plant to bring two mining operations into production in relatively short succession,” Mr Kraemer concluded.