Galena Mining has announced that construction has started at the Abra base metals joint venture project in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.
The activities are part of a $15 million surface infrastructure development at the silver and lead mine site.
Current works include clearing, roadworks, installing water supply and wastewater facilities and building a permanent accommodation site.
Galena managing director Alex Molyneux said the works were significant to the proposed final key engineering procurement and construction (EPC) and mining services contracts to construct a plant and develop an underground mine.
“The construction works now commenced at Abra are significant and most of them form part of what might go into a final EPC package,” Molyneux said.
“So, we’re genuinely getting a ‘jump’ on things to fast-track the overall timetable to production.”
The initial roadwork has focussed on topsoil clearing and storage, ground preparation at the permanent campsite and various site and access roadworks.
Previously drilled and prepared water production bores have been equipped with pumps and pipelines and wastewater treatment are being constructed and connected.
Assembly of the initial 80-person accommodation units, camp sized kitchen and messing facilities have now been fabricated and are ready to be transported and installed at the site.
To ensure minimal disruption, workers are currently being housed in a 24-person temporary accommodation unit until the permanent facility is complete.
Galena has said the works would be finished by the end of 2019.