Apollo Minerals has started the re-installation of mine services within the Salau tungsten mine in France after receiving approvals from local authorities.
The Salau mine, one of the world’s highest-grade tungsten mines before its closure in 1986, is part of Apollo’s 100 per cent owned Couflens tungsten and gold project.
Apollo’s program of works at Salau includes the widening of the current mine portal to facilitate access into the mine by truck, the installation of ventilation and cabling, the construction of walls and gates within the mine, and removal of piping, waste material and any hazards.
The company anticipates completing the installations within two months, using local contractors and having sourced goods and services locally as part of its commitment to bring benefits to the region.
Apollo executive director Hugo Schumann said, “The program of installations, drawing on the goods and services of local service providers, will pave the way for major exploration campaigns to follow.”
Once installations have been completed, Apollo will conduct a final phase of health and safety risk assessments before exploration inside the mine will be launched.
The company is reviewing final bids from a shortlist of drilling contractors for an initial drilling campaign to test tungsten and gold targets.