Mat North tungsten mine construction remains on track

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George Roach

JOHANNESBURG – Progress in the construction of the RHA Tungsten project, in Zimbabwe, was progressing on schedule, multicommodity resource and development company Premier African Minerals reiterated on Tuesday.

Processing plant manufacturer Appropriate Process Technologies would complete on-site assembly and commissioning of the plant by June 3.

Further, CEO George Roach said mining at the flagship project continued to progress well and visible mineralisation continued to confirm the geological model.

“We expect to produce concentrate by the end of the first week of June. I look forward with great excitement to the transition from exploration and development company to producing mining company,” he added.

The complete process plant, except for the cone crusher, was delivered to site on schedule on May 22 and offloading was completed on May 24, while the earthworks and civil works programme was successfully fast-tracked to ensure that the site was ready for offloading of the plant.

“Only minor elements of the programme remain, including apron slabs and limited masonry work,” the company noted. Infrastructure development, including power and water supply and reticulation was also under way, with 90% of the piping and site buildings completed. The mine’s generators were expected to arrive on site by end-May. – Mining Weekly