Ramelius Resources yesterday announced it had commenced drilling at its high-grade Wattle Dam underground gold mine, 25 km west of Kambalda, Western Australia.
The company said it had commenced drilling at the 241 RL and 225 RL ore drives to provide initial development ore for processing in November.
These drives are 99 m and 115 m below surface level respectively.
Once these drives and 205 RL, which is 135 m below surface, are completed, stoping of the upper levels of the orebody will commence, the company said.
According to Ramelius, mining of the stope ore is expected to commence in late-December for processing in January 2010.
Recent diamond drilling completed into the top level of the mine has confirmed a high-grade vertical zone of mineralisation 40 m long and eight metres wide, the company said.
Underground diamond drilling will resume this week, targeting an orebody between 135 m and 175 m below the surface.