Broken pipeline on the agenda

MMG Century's new general manager has made fixing the mine's broken zinc pipeline his short term priority.

The new general manager of Mineral and Metals Group’s (MMG) Century mine has said that the operation’s most pressing short term matter is repairing and recommissioning a damaged zinc pipeline.

Karl Spaleck was yesterday formally announced as Century’s new general manager after assuming the role in early November.

Spaleck said that work was already being done on the pipe, after an accident in early October which saw approximately 300 tonnes of zinc slurry, consisting of roughly 160 tonnes of zinc metal, was discharged into the area around the spill.

“Our team has been working hard to repair the pipeline and we have already made significant process,” Spaleck said.

“MMG is committed to carrying out the repair and recommissioning work safely and comprehensively and will take whatever time is needed to ensure that this is done.”

Spaleck comes to the general manager role after acting as Century’s deputy general manager since 2008.

Given the mine’s life extends to at least 2015, Spaleck said continued planning is a vital strategy.

“We have recently commenced an exploration drilling program to identify additional sources of ore for the infrastructure at Century,” Spaleck said.

Spaleck also pointed to mine’s safety, environmental and production performance as fundamental aspects of its future.

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