Heron Resources has launched commissioning of the Woodlawn zinc-copper project in New South Wales, putting the company on track to achieve first production in early 2019.
Commissioning activities are under way at Woodlawn’s underground mine and tailings retreatment site, where Heron’s contractor and commissioning teams are in place.
With production scheduled for the first quarter of next year, Heron’s recruitment efforts have accelerated in the past few months. Operating staff have been recruited from the local community.
The company has now commenced Woodlawn’s hydraulic tailings retreatment preparations, where infrastructure is energised and water testing is under way.
Process plant commissioning has commenced with the testing of the plant control circuits, and the commissioning of the water treatment plant is well advanced.
Heron’s progress at Woodlawn is in line with the company’s year-end commissioning target for the project. Heron started construction at Woodlawn in August last year.
The Woodlawn project has an initial mine life of over nine years, with a processing capacity of 1–1.5 million tonnes per year from both underground and tailings sources.
At steady state, Woodlawn is targeted to produce around 88 million pounds of zinc concentrate, 20 million pounds of copper concentrate and 25 million pounds of lead concentrate, along with associated gold and silver.