Work continues on construction of the 25,000 tonnes/annum copper cathode SX-EW plant at Finders Resources’ Wetar Copper Project.
Mobilization of the second earthmoving fleet is proceeding with an expected arrival on site in late June.
Earthmoving has concentrated on construction of Storm Water Pond 3 with cut material from this excavation being used to fill into the Kali Kuning Valley to form up the heap leach pads.
Pouring of concrete footings continues for the 25,000 tonne plant and the concrete pad for the installation of the new mess in the camp area on the coast.
Construction of the coastal facilities, including the warehouse and offices, has also made significant progress. The expansion and renovation of existing facilities has continued with most recent work being on the medical clinic. Completed facilities include the main administration office.
This includes the extension to house the IT and communication, the safety, environment and commercial offices, and management accommodation.
Procurement and contracting activities have been focusing on purchasing long-lead items and executing the necessary construction contracts for the 25,000 tonne plant. To date EPCM, earthmoving, liner supply and installation, and fibreglass tank construction and refurbishment have been finalized with the others to follow shortly.
The company continues to produce copper from the 3000 tonnes/annum copper cathode SX-EW plant while it progresses construction of the 25,000 tonne plant. The two facilities will annually have the capacity to produce 28,000 tonnes of copper cathode.
Finders’ ability to continue to operate the 3000 tonne plant enables the company to train the workforce in anticipation of the commissioning of the new plant as well as assisting to refine the operating parameters of the heaps and SX-EW process so that the new heap leach and SX-EW plant operates as intended post commissioning.
Mining operations resumed in the Kali Kuning pit last month to provide ore feed for the stacking of the Gold Pit heap leach pad. The earthmoving fleet is also being utilized for the construction activities in the Kali Kuning Valley.