MMG has marked the end of extraaction at Australia’s largest open pit zinc site, the Century mine.
MMG COO Marcelo Bastos said the completion of mining marked a major milestone for both MMG and zinc in Australia.
“Century has consistently made a significant contribution to MMG, both financially and through the commitment to our growth objective by the dedicated team of thousands of workers over the life of the mine,” he said.
“Century has also made a strong contribution to the Queensland economy and to the employment opportunities for Gulf Communities. Through one of the first Native Title agreements of its kind, over 900 Aboriginal employees from local Indigenous groups or communities have been part of the operation since its development.
“We thank our employees, the community, governments and all stakeholders involved in the operation for their ongoing support.
“The completion of mining at Century is a considerable factor in the shrinking global supply of zinc. We remain positive about the long-term fundamentals for zinc, which supports our decision to invest in Dugald River, one of the world’s highest grade undeveloped zinc deposits.”
It will continue to process the 700,000 tonnes of ore stockpiled over the last few months of 2015.
Stockpiled ore from Dugald River – produced during a trial stoping program in 2014 – will also be processed at Century early into next year.