Wiluna Mining has entered into a five-year deal with Byrnecut Australia for the former to perform underground development and production mining services at its Wiluna complex in Western Australia.
The deal, which the pair are calling an alliance, will focus on the development and refinement of a long-term mining plan that provides maximum efficiency and staged capitalisation.
Under Wiluna’s three-year, phased plan for development, it will treat all ore types at the mine via four processes: an existing CIL process plant at 2.1 million tonnes annually; a 750,000-tpa flotation and concentrator, which is commencing construction this month and will be commissioned in October with plans for scaling up to a 1.5-Mtpa capacity by FY2024; a gravity circuit; and a tailings retreatment plant.
“On conclusion of the staged development plan, which is being developed to match the rate of the underground mining development, Wiluna Mining will be capable of processing all its ore at the Wiluna Mining Operations and will be producing approximately 250,000 ounces per annum,” said the company.
“Most of the gold at this stage will be produced as a concentrate; however, gold doré produced on site in parallel to concentrate sales will be continued to improve and optimise operating margins.”
Wiluna said Byrnecut will be key to that development. Financial terms and specific timeline details for the deal were not released.
The Wiluna operation has a mine life of about 15 years.
Source: Wiluna Mining