New Century Resources revamps 304km pipeline for first production

New Century Resources has completed commissioning of the 304km slurry concentrate pipeline for its Century mine in Queensland.

The underground pipeline will connect the Century mine site at Lawn Hill and its port facility at Karumba, through which the zinc concentrate will travel and be shipped to smelters.

New Century envisions the mine to be one of the top 10 global producers of zinc in the world when operation reaches full capacity this year.

The mine was closed by previous owner MMG in early 2016, and purchased by New Century in March 2017.

The existing infrastructure has now been redeveloped and upgraded to bring the mine back into production, putting the project on track for its first output in August.

Part of the pipeline commissioning included running two cleaning pigs the entire length of the pipeline; operational ramp up of all three wirth pumps, used to transport slurry concentrate along the pipeline; and filling and fully pressurising the pipeline in readiness to receive the first concentrate.

Located 250km from Mt Isa, Century mine was one of the largest zinc mines in the world during its 16 years of operation, where it produced and processed an average of 475,00 tonnes (t) per annum zinc concentrate and 50,000t per annum lead concentrates at Lawn Hill.