Manuka restarts production at Wonawinta site


Manuka Resources has recommenced production at its Wonawinta silver project after being hit by a severe, localised weather event on Saturday.

Located near Cobar in central New South Wales, the Wonawinta project was acquired by Manuka in 2016.

The project was hit by strong winds and heavy rain, which caused damage to certain machinery, as well as substantial damage to auxiliary housing and shedding infrastructure.

The company originally expected the plant to be down for around four to five days, however the plant resumed normal operation on Wednesday having completed a 24-hour restart period post the temporary shutdown to effect interim repairs from the weekend storm damage.

Manuka’s Operations Manager, David Power said the company is focused on ensuring remaining repairs are completed in a timely manner and without further disruption to production.

“The team on site worked extremely hard to make the plant safe and carry out temporary repairs to get the site back into an operational condition with a successful restart earlier than predicted,” Mr Power said.

“The health and safety of our personnel was imperative after the event. Their commitment to ensure the plant was operational in the shortest time possible was exceptional.”

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