Fire breaks out at gold mine

A fire has broken out at Australian miner Medusa Mining's Co-O gold mine in the Philippines.

According to the company a "fire broke out in the Baguio shaft as a result of sparks caused by welding activities".

The fire damaged around 120 metres of timbering from the mine's level 2 up to the surface.

There were no injuries during the incident.

Peter Hepburn-Brown, Medusa's managing director, explained that "whilst it is never pleasant to have any disruptions to production, the upside of re-furbishing the Baguio shaft by re-timbering and re-engineering will mean a more efficient, high speed shaft with additional capacity which will better service the western end of the mine".

Hepburn-Brown went on to add that "not only are we fortunate that no injuries were sustained in the fire, we are fortunate to have stockpiles of fines from our mine water settling ponds, as well as a second ball mill that we can utilise to off-set the temporary loss of production from the shaft while it is out of action".

Since the fire the company has implemented processing of stockpiles of settling pond fines from the surface and underground, which will average around 3 g/t of gold through the second ball mill site, and ensure the miner hits its guidance of 100 000 to 120 000 ounces for this finacial year.

It has also started the re-timbering process, which is expected to take approximately three months.

Once re-furbished the mine will operate at high capacities, Medusa says.

Earlier this year the miner faced problems at Co-O, following heavy rains and earthquakes, which disrupted operations.


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