Canada’s Superior Gold has received approval from the Western Australian Government to develop and operate the Hermes gold project.
The project is about 65km southwest of the Superior’s Plutonic gold mine, 800km northeast of Perth. The final environmental approval for the Hermes project from WA’s Department of Mines and Petroleum includes the clearing permit.
According to Superior, work will start with the construction of the haul road, which will connect the Hermes orebodies to the mill at the Plutonic mine, where it will be processed.
The Hermes deposit is expected to be mined as a conventional open pit, contractor operated mining operation. The contribution of the ore from Hermes is anticipated to allow Superior to reach its targeted annual production of 100,000 ounces of gold.
Superior anticipates that construction of the haul road will take three months to complete and will be followed by pre-stripping activities prior to the launch of mining.
Superior chief executive officer Chris Bradbrook said construction work on the Hermes project would start in July.
“We expect that the Hermes project will commence production in 2018, when it will become an important contributor to our current production profile,” Bradbrook said.
“Additionally, we aim to commence drilling and exploration around Hermes to expand the overall mineral reserve and mineral resource and extend the mine life.”