Calidus Resources has commenced site works at the Warrawoona project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region in another step towards pouring first gold in 2022.
Earthworks for the processing plant area are the latest development at the project, while a 240-person village is planned to be completed by April.
Calidus Resources’ managing director Dave Reeves said all preparations remained on track.
“Construction of Warrawoona is fully-funded and we are on schedule to pour our first gold as planned in the first half of 2022,” he said.
“Our feasibility study shows Warrawoona will generate strong financial returns.”
Calidus has received the required permits from the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture Water and Environment (DAWE).
The only outstanding permit is the works approval, which is expected to be granted this quarter.
Further developments at Warrawoona will include tails dam construction and initial open pit pioneer mining, both due for a start in the second half of the year.
Calidus’ Blue Spec gold project, which is 70 kilometres away from Warrawoona, will complement the Warrawoona development as they work in conjunction to increase returns for the company.
“The inclusion of Blue Spec will enable us to leverage Warrawoona infrastructure significantly, raising the potential for increased production and financial returns,” Reeves said.
“The countdown to production at Warrawoona has now begun. All long-lead items for Warrawoona have been ordered, with the SAG mill due to land in Port Headland in late July.”
Calidus acquired the Warrawoona and Blue Spec project tenements from Novo Resources last month.
Reeves looked forward to the results provided by both acquisitions, declaring the Blue Spec project as one of the country’s highest grade gold deposits.
“… The work we are completing on the high-grade Blue Spec scoping study has given us the confidence to secure 25 per cent of the project via a $5 million payment, we look forward to announcing the results of the scoping study this quarter,” Reeves said last month.