Resolute Mining is continuing to ramp up operations at the Syama underground mine in Mali, West Africa despite the disruptive breakdown of a key component.
Syama’s sulphide processing circuit has been offline since early this month due to a crack in the main external shell in the sulphide roaster.
While the roaster is expected to be fully operational in around six weeks’ time, the ramp up of mining at Syama is otherwise progressing well.
Resolute is accumulating ore stockpiles on the run of mine pad, with the expectation that up to 300,000 tonnes of ore will be readily available by the time the roaster is fully operational in December.
Resolute stated that this, alongside available concentrate stocks, would ensure maximum throughput operations early next year. Gold production will be achieved through the Syama sulphide circuit while the roaster is offline.
In addition, Resolute has achieved a key commissioning milestone with Syama’s production ore now being trucked to the surface using the company’s fully automated haulage fleet.
This has increased mined ore tonnages to 422,517 tonnes in the September quarter from 329,356 tonnes in the previous period.
Resolute plans to advance its planned maintenance work at Syama to help reduce the number of days the roaster will be offline next year.
The company also reported above budget performance at its Ravenswood gold mine in Queensland and new Mako gold mine in Senegal, West Africa.
Resolute’s gold production guidance for the 2019 financial year remains unchanged at 400,000 ounces of gold.