THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:21
ASX-listed Beadell Resources has poured its first gold at the Tucano project in Brazil.
The miner said the pour of the first 9kg of gold was a significant milestone in Tucanos’ transitioning to full operations. Commissioning at Tucano was started in November, and during the commissioning phase, the processing plant operated at up to 400 t/h, equal to the nameplate design capacity.
Beadell reported that the commissioning phase had gone smoothly and that the processing plant was now operating at close to 24 hours a day.
The crusher was also now completed and high-grade ore of up to 2.5 g/t was scheduled to be loaded into the circuit over the coming days as soon as the commissioning team concluded their work. Previously crushed low-grade stockpiled ore had been fed into the milling circuit to date, in lieu of high-grade run-of-mine ore stocks.
The crusher circuit was the last section of the carbon-in-leach plant to be handed over to the Beadell operations team.
“The first gold pour at Tucano is a major milestone for Beadell as we position ourselves as a large-scale low-cost gold producer with at least ten years of open cut mining in front of us,” MD Peter Bowler said.
He noted that the company was now looking to update the 2013 production plan in the new year, to incorporate the high-grade openpit Duckhead oxide deposit. Currently, some 200 000oz of gold production was planned at Tucano during 2013.
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