Galena takes flight at Abra

Galena

Completed new Abra airstrip commissioned in early January and now fully operational. Image: Galena Mining.

Galena Mining has completed construction of the airstrip at its Abra base metals mine in Western Australia – an important achievement for its fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce.

The Abra project is a significant lead-silver asset about 600 kilometres south of Port Hedland with a total resource of 34.5 million tonnes at 16 grams of silver per tonne.

Galena managing director Tony James said the airstrip was another step in the right direction for the company and operation.

“The completion and commissioning of the new Abra airstrip is a really significant milestone for the project,” James said.

“Being able to use larger planes for our FIFO work cycles during the remaining construction phase of the project makes a significant improvement to the project’s logistics and accessibility.”

Galena also reported the completion of manufacturing for its primary jaw crusher by Metso Outotec.

The machine was ordered from China in mid-August 2021 and is forecast to land on site towards the end of February.

The airstrip and crusher milestones push the project’s construction to near 40 per cent complete, as the focus now turns to remaining construction activities.

Underground development has now reached 440 metres from the portal with a target of 364 metres, according to James.

The company has made a few key significant steps in the past six months, including GR Engineering Services (GRES) mobilising to site on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract.

The EPC contract will see GRES earn almost $80 million to construct a 1.2 million tonne per annum lead sulphide flotation processing plant and associated infrastructure.

First production is expected to commence at Abra in 2023.

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