Development at the 620 square-kilometre Woodlawn zinc-copper project in New South Wales is on budget and on track, according to project owners Heron Resources.
The project, which is about 50km northeast of Canberra, received a $240 million funding package in August to help fund construction.
Since commencing operations in late August 2017 the project has developed a fleet of 40 pieces of mobile plant machinery being used across various areas of the site, particularly for earthworks provided via contractor Ertech.
Overall engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract duties fall to major engineering company Sedgman, with first production expected in late 2018 or early 2019.
Wayne Taylor, managing director of Heron, elaborated on Woodlawn’s progress.
“The project remains on track to first production in late 2018–early 2019 and meet highly favourable zinc market conditions,” he explained, “characterised by a heavily constrained physical market and strong demand outlook.
“In parallel with the site construction activities, the company has been busy drilling a number of in-mine and regional prospects which have the potential to extend the project’s life and create additional value for Heron shareholders.”