Red-letter day for Red 5

First gold has been poured at Red 5’s 100 per cent-owned 2.4 million ounce, 16-year life-of-mine King of the Hills (KOTH) Gold Project in Western Australia.

The first smelt yesterday delivered two gold doré bars weighing 1588 ounces, following the recent commissioning of the gravity and elution circuits.

The gyratory crushing circuit has been running on a combination of oxide and fresh material for more than 40 days and has achieved throughput rates above 1600 tonnes per hour. The grinding circuit and wet plant continue to ramp up, with the SAG mill now achieving throughput rates over 600 tonnes per hour at moderate mill load and power draw.

In the coming weeks, the KOTH processing team will continue to focus on increasing the mill production rate and completing outstanding punch list items with the EPC contractor.

The team is well placed to increase the KOTH processing plant to full capacity, with more than 800,000 tonnes, or about two months of feed stock now on the ROM pad.

Red 5 managing director Mark Williams said the first gold pour marked a huge milestone for the company and its shareholders.

“We can all be proud of this achievement. It marks the beginning of a new era for Red 5. | thank everyone who has assisted us in getting to first gold within the scheduled timeframe, amid the backdrop of a very challenging environment,” he said


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