Gold production has begun at St Barbara’s King of the Hills underground mine.
Mining of the first production slope was completed ahead of schedule at the Leonora based mine.
The ore was sent to the nearby Gwalia mill.
It complements St Barbara’s existing operations nearby and is expected to produce between 50 000 and 60 000 ounces of gold annually over the next five to six years, with the potential for mine life extension.
St Barbara managing director Tim Lehany stated that “the commencement of production at King of the Hills is an important step,” adding that the company is pleased the project was able to achieve production early despite only being granted approval last year.
King of the Hills was granted official approval in March 2010, and by March this year had already produced ore.
The project dates back to 1897 when high grade underground mining began at its location, and between 1985 and 2004 1.6 million ounces of gold was taken from an open cut pit onsite.