OPERATIONS UNDERWAY AT WOODLAWNNovember 2, 2018
Development, Heron Resources, New South Wales, Production, Underground Mining, Woodlawn, Zinc-Copper
PYBAR has commenced operations at Heron Resources’ Woodlawn zinc-copper project in NSW, marking a significant milestone in the project development schedule.
The four year whole-of-mine contract was awarded in February and is our largest project to date. Our start-up team mobilised to site and commenced early works including the ground support of the box cut walls and first portal blast of the decline. The team is also completing site establishment with the construction of the workshop, batch plant and office.
We will expand to a team of 120 during peak production and provide a substantial underground mining fleet including several development and production drills, multiple loaders and trucks, and support equipment.
In a statement to the market on 25 September 2018, Heron Resources Managing Director Wayne Taylor said: “It is very pleasing to see the start of underground activities at Woodlawn. Exploration over the last four years has defined a high-grade, high-quality resource and reserve position, and the access which has now commenced will enable us to deliver underground ore into the processing plant in 2019. Once underground, our geological team will focus on further expanding the known mineralised positions to build upon the excellent and cost-effective work they have undertaken to date. Elsewhere on site, I am pleased to report that good progress continues to be made with all aspects of the build, and that works remain on schedule for the commencement of commissioning by the end of the year.”
PYBAR CEO Brendan Rouse said: “This is a significant project for us. We’re working closely with the Heron team to deliver a value-adding service as we progress towards production.”
Across the site, the first tailings reclaim mining infrastructure has been installed, plant construction continues to escalate, and the first grid power stage has been connected and energised.