Red River continues Hillgrove ramp up

The Hillgrove site. Image: Red River Resources/Bracken Resources

Red River has continued its gold production momentum at the Hillgrove and Thalanga operations in New South Wales and Queensland, respectively.

Red River has ramped up production at the Hillgrove gold mine in New South Wales, with 667 ounces in gold doré and concentrates produced as part of its stage one operations during the March quarter.

The Hillgrove gold mine has produced more than 730,000 ounces of gold in bullion and concentrates over its lifetime, but Red River has played only a small part of that since acquiring the mine from Straits Resources and Bracken in 2013.

The quarterly production was preceded by Red River’s first gold pour in early March, with the bar weighing 0.97 kilograms at a grade of 83 per cent gold and 18 per cent silver.

Red River managing director Mel Palancian said in March that he looked forward to reviving Hillgrove into a fully functional gold mine once more.

“I look forward to updating the market as we increase gold production from the Bakers Creek stockpile in stage one before we move to the full restart of (underground) production in stage two, producing gold, gold concentrate and gold-antimony concentrate,” Palancian said.

At the Thalanga operations in Queensland, Red River produced copper, zinc and lead concentrates at a tonnage of 3068, 6959 and 1613, respectively, over the quarter.

A mishap occurred around March 27 when the Far West mine was closed for four days following a safety incident with no equipment damage or injuries sustained.

The mine was able to continue as normal while an investigation took place by drawing down on ore stockpiles held on the run-of-mine pad.

Red River processed the first ore at Thalanga just over two years ago in 2019 before increasing its production to 30,000-40,000 tonnes per month in early 2020.

The company uses a 650,000 tonne per annum mill to process the resources at Thalanga.

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