No timetable for pipeline restart

A schedule is yet to be set for the completion of repairs to a damaged zinc pipeline at MMG Century mine.

A spokesperson for Chinese mining company Minmetals has said that the damaged pipeline at the Century zinc mine in Queensland, run by its local subsidiary MMG, does not yet have a timeline for restarting.

The Minmetals spokesperson told Reuters that numerous tests still have to be conducted before the pipeline is brought back on line.

“The first step we were trying to get completed was just to get the bypass (pipe) in, but obviously there’s still a lot of testing that we have to then undergo, in terms of re-pressurising the line, initially with water, before starting up again,” the spokesperson said.

“That’s why we have not been able to put a timeline on when we will be back up.”

Early October saw a zinc spill occur in the pipeline, which transfers slurry from mine operations at Lawn Hill to the dewatering and port facilities at Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, at approximately the 115 kilometre point of its 304 kilometre length.

According to reports, Century, the world’s second largest zinc mine, exhausted concentrate at its shipping port last week, which has since prompted buyers to look for alternative sources.

MMG was unavailable for comment when contacted by MINING DAILY.

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