Bootu Creek mining remains suspended following fatality

OM Holdings has recovered the body of an employee who was buried under a collapsing wall at the Bootu Creek manganese mine in the Northern Territory.

The incident happened in the Tourag Pit on August 26. The man was an employee of OM subsidiary, OM Manganese, the owner and operator of the Bootu Creek mine.

“The company deeply regrets the loss of (his) life and extends its most sincere condolences to (the) family and continues to support them through this difficult time,” OM stated.

OM Manganese has been working closely with the department, the Northern Territory Police and NT WorkSafe.

The fatality halted mining operations, which remain suspended up until today, according to the company.

OM Manganese aims to make a staged restart to in-pit mining operations by October, subject to completion of a report by independent geotechnical engineers.

Processing operations at the mine resumed the day after the incident, however, on the back of existing stockpiled material.

This interim production is expected to yield around 110,000 tonnes of lower grade product, albeit at a reduced rate of production.

Under these circumstances, the tailings retreatment plant will not be fully commissioned as originally forecasted until the mining operations recommence.

OM Manganese expects production in the third quarter of this year to fall to around 103,000 tonnes.

The company’s fourth quarter production will be contingent on access to higher grade ore, which is dependent on the relevant approvals from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources to enable mining recommencement.

OM Manganese has continued to operate smelting at full capacity at its Sarawak, Malaysia operations, and the mine suspension has not affected the fundamental economics of the smelting division.

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