Gascoyne’s Dalgaranga project aiming for first gold six weeks ahead of schedule

Ore being fed into the primary crusher at Dalgaranga. Image: Gascoyne

Gascoyne Resources is only 10 days from first gold production at the Dalgaranga project in Western Australia, under budget and six weeks ahead of schedule.

In an ASX statement released on March 19, the company stated that it was two months away from first gold production.

The project’s 2.5 million tonnes per annum (2.5Mtpa) process plant is now constructed and ore commissioning has commenced with the aid of company GR Engineering. The plant’s primary crusher is commissioned, the ore transfer bin is fully operational and a coarse ore stockpile of 20,000t is now being filled by the Dalgaranga team.

Ore crushing rates have occasionally exceeded 450t/hour. Initial slurry filling is under way at the CIL tanks and the tailings pumping system has been commissioned.

The plant’s four gas-fuelled generators are all installed and operational, as is the LNG storage and vaporisation facility. Electrical installation is now “effectively complete”, according to the latest announcement.

Gascoyne’s Dalgaranga gold project is located around 65km northwest of Mt Magnet in the gold-rich Murchison region of WA and contains a JORC measured, indicated and inferred resource of 31.1Mt at 1.3g/t for 1.32Moz. Proved and probable resources stand at 612,000oz.

Dalgaranga is the most southerly and largest of Gascoyne’s three current projects in Western Australia; it also operates the Glenburgh and Egerton gold projects, the latter of which consists of two granted mining leases and two exploration licences.

Glenburgh has indicated and inferred resources of 21.1Mt at 1.5g/t of gold for 1Moz, while Egerton contains the high-grade Hibernian deposit, which has 116,400t at 6.4g/t of gold for 24,000oz.

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