Pantoro and Tulla Resources have been given the green light to commence construction on a one-million-tonne-per-annum processing plant at the Norseman gold project in Western Australia.
It comes as the two companies received all the necessary approvals to move ahead with the joint venture project, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Industry and Regulation (DMIRS) giving the all clear in September.
GR Engineering, the contractor for the project, has mobilised staff to the site, and with the old processing plant being demolished and the site clean-up carried out, the stage is set for immediate construction.
Approximately 65,000 tonnes of gold-bearing ore recovered from the foundations of the old processing plant will be immediately available for the processing plant start up.
The site’s new accommodation village is now operational and housing construction personnel at this stage.
Pantoro managing director Paul Cmrlec said now that the plant construction is underway, it’s full steam ahead for the project.
“Pantoro is delighted to advise that construction at Norseman is underway, opening a new chapter for this world-class goldfield. We look forward to working closely with our key construction partners to deliver the project as planned and then commence production,” he said.
Tulla executive chairman Kevin Maloney echoed Cmrlec’s sentiments, setting his sights on first gold.
“The construction of the new processing plant at Norseman marks an exciting milestone for the company on the critical path to resume production at the iconic Norseman gold project,” Maloney said.
Historically, the Norseman gold project has produced over 5.5 million ounces of gold since operations first began in 1935 and is considered one of the highest-grade fields within the Yilgarn Craton.
Pantoro and Tulla aim for first production at Norseman in the first half of 2022.