NSW drought puts Tritton mine at risk

Image: Aeris Resources

Aeris Resources may run out of water at its Tritton copper mine near Nyngan in New South Wales by February 2020.

The announcement comes as WaterNSW received approval to cease dam releases flowing past Gunningbar Weir by the end of this month to protect water needs in the Macquarie Valley.

Tritton’s draw point for water allocation access is past the Gunningbar Weir, effectively interrupting Aeris’ supply.

When water flow below Gunningbar Weir ceases, Aeris will start using the water stored in its old mine workings at Tritton. This, however, will only provide water for operational activities through to February next year.

Aeris is depending on New South Wales and local government agencies to tap into a potential pipeline and obtain water from the Nyngan to Cobar pumping system.

The comapny is now working with the New South Wales Government to construct and commission an alternative method of delivery prior to February 2020. The company will provide an update to the market in due course.

Australia is forecast to receive below average rainfall across most of the country from November to February next year, with New South Wales estimated to be drier, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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