Norseman Project on time, on budget

Construction and mining activities at Pantoro’s Norseman Project is progressing on time and budget, with practical completion expected in August 2022.

The company reports that open pit mining is well under way at the Scotia and Green Lantern mines at the Scotia Mining Centre within the project, while underground preparation works have progressed well at the OK mine, with development activities to commence in July.

Project managing director Paul Cmrlec said the on-time progression of this project was a remarkable achievement given the difficulties arising from the effects of the COVID pandemic, and the severe shortages of personnel, equipment and supplies being experienced across the industry.

“Pantoro would like to acknowledge its personnel and contractors who have worked tirelessly since commencement of the feasibility study during 2020, and we look forward to bringing Western Australia’s newest operation on line very soon,” he said.

The project has been aided by the early procurement of all processing plant components during the approvals process, both expediting construction times and insulating the company from the significant cost pressures now generally seen in the construction industry.

Ancillary works including the power station upgrade, tailing storage facility expansion and bore field re-instatement are also continuing in line with the project schedule.

Pantoro acquired 50 per cent of the Norseman Gold Project in 2019. Pantoro is the manager of the unincorporated joint venture, and is responsible for defining and implementing work programs, and the day-to-day management of the operation.

The project is located in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, with a current mineral resource of 4.7 million ounces of gold with an ore reserve of 900,000 ounces.

About Ray Chan

Editor of industrial titles and mastheads with Prime Creative Media. Publications include Rail Express and Australian Mining (web content).

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