Doray has begun open pit mining at its Deflector gold project.
The start of mining is in line with its previous forecasts, as it recently completed the first blast at the site.
Doray managing director Allan Kelly stated that the commencement of open pit mining was a significant milestone in the development of Deflector, and comes less than a year after completing the takeover of its former owner Mutiny Gold in March last year.
“We are very excited to have officially commenced mining operations at Deflector, our second high-grade WA gold operation, and look forward to bringing production online over the coming months,” Kelly said.
The mine itself has both high-grade gold and low-grade copper, and has a mine life of six years.
Doray still has yet to commence ore commissioning of the new processing plant, expecting to carry out the task in May, with underground mining slated for June.
Once construction and commissioning is carried out in mid-2016, Doray forecasts a combined production from Andy Well and Deflector of 140,000 ounces per annum, and targeting an average all-in sustain costs of less than $1000 per ounce across the two projects.