Newcrest has announced that the Concentrator 1 SAG mill at its Cadia gold and copper project in New South Wales is operating at full capacity once again after being taken offline for more than a month.
“Following repairs and a period of operational testing, Concentrator 1 SAG mill at Cadia is now operating at full capacity. Engineers have determined that the mill motor will eventually require a full rewind. The timing of the rewind will be subject to the availability of long lead time parts and will be incorporated into the maintenance schedule when it is considered convenient or appropriate to do so,” the company said in statement.
“Installation of the conveyor to bypass the mill, transporting ore from the high pressure grinding rolls to the ball mill circuit, remains on schedule to be completed in early December 2015. This will provide future operating flexibility.”
Newcrest also said that stockpiles which had been generated over the last five weeks were expected to be fully processed by the end of year, with production, capital and cost guidance for this fiscal year remaining unchanged.