G-Resources Group has achieved major commissioning milestones to remain on schedule for the first gold pour from its Martabe gold-silver project in Indonesia this month. Construction of the crusher and conveyors is complete with first ore feed delivered to the stockpile in mid-June.
The SAG and ball grinding mills water commissioning is finalized, while commissioning of the CIL gold leach tanks water supply is under way and construction of the desorption and gold room and pipelines are nearing completion. An assay laboratory is functioning and already providing analysis of grade control samples and will be analysing process plant samples once commissioning on ore commences.
A 24-hour mining operation is already under way and has stockpiled 150,000 tonnes of ore ready for the start-up of processing operations. Training and recruitment of employees at the processing operations and within the maintenance team is continuing in readiness for the first production.
“Gold production will begin at the Purnama pit at an annual rate of 250,000 ounces of gold and 2-3 million ounces of silver. G-Resources is seeking to grow annual gold production to more than 1 million ounces through exploration success on the large and highly prospective contract of works (COW) area,” says the company’s chief executive officer Peter Albert.
The flagship $678 million Martabe project is on the western side of Sumatra in Batangtoru sub-district. It hosts a resource base of 7.86 million ounces of gold and 73.48 million ounces of silver, with Peter Albert confirming Martabe is set to become the core asset on which the company will base a globally competitive Asia-Pacific focused gold business.