Artemis Resources is on course to complete Stage 1 of its 0.5Mt/y gold circuit expansion at the Radio Hill plant in the Pilbara by early next year.
Radio Hill is 100 per cent owned by Artemis and roughly 35km from Karratha, Western Australia. The gold circuit upgrades are designed to expand on and complement Radio Hill’s current base metal ability.
Upon completion of the upgrades, it will serve as a hub for the company’s surrounding gold deposits, including Purdy’s Reward, Weeriana, Nichol River, Silica Hills and others.
Gold circuit construction work at the Radio Hill plant — which originally dates back to 1988 and has seen several owners — commenced on August 20. Works include crushing equipment and tailings installations as well as construction of a gold room to complement the circuit.
It follows on from previous crushing and grinding circuit upgrades announced in November last year led by companies Process 26 and Gekko Systems.
These upgrades included extensive crushing circuit refurbishment (now completed) and slurry pump overhaul and installation, in addition to the installation of high-voltage cables and ongoing milling area upgrades.
Installation of a tertiary crusher has also been completed, as have foundations for a thickener and flocculant plant. Modifications to conveyors and screens are also finished.
Gekko is leading work on the gold circuit installation, while Artemis is advancing negotiations with company Horizon Power for long-term power supply at the site.
Artemis chief executive officer Wayne Bramwell said installation of Stage 1 would bring the process of expanding Radio Hill’s “multi-metal capability”.