More than 300 millimetres of rain in ten days has fallen on operations at OZ Minerals Century Mine, with mining continuing safely despite the huge downpour.
Despite flooded roads preventing some supplies from reaching site, Century has been able to continue production due to good wet season planning.
OZ Century’s General Manager, John Lamb, said that being located in north-west Queensland, mine staff knows that the wet season can have a big impact on production if they don’t plan accordingly.
“We finished mining activities in the lower part of our pit and began mining at a higher level before the heavy rain began. This means that we have so far been able to continue mining and processing zinc, except for some minor stoppages to allow for maintenance on in-pit roads,” Lamb said.
“Maintaining our in-pit roads is crucial as it ensures that we can continue to mine ore in wet conditions. Most importantly though, it keeps our drivers operating the haul trucks and smaller equipment in the pit safe.
“Like other mines in the area, while we have a good backup of commodities, we rely on the regular delivery of key supplies, particularly reagents, to continue processing. It’s a matter of conserving what we have, using our resources efficiently and knowing what activities to focus on.
“Our team has been through many wet seasons before so we’re using this experience to make the most of the wet conditions.”
Century is regularly monitoring the roads and flying-in supplies of food and other items that can be transported by air.