Metallon entity ramps up gold production

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REDWING Mine, one of the Metallon Gold’s mines, has reportedly ramped up production since it resumed operations last year, with gold production reaching over 1 000 ounces in March, an official has said.

BY MTHANDAZO NYONI

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In an emailed response, the company’s head of communications Klara Kaczmarek, said the mine, which resumed operations in November 2015 was now ramping up production.

“Redwing Mine continues to increase production since the resumption of operations in November 2015. In March 2016, gold production reached over 1 000 ounces, which is a significant achievement. Efforts are now focused on ramping up production to the plant capacity of 22 000 tonnes per month by June 2016. At this capacity, Redwing Mine will employ over 700 employees,” she said.

Kaczmarek said this year, Metallon would be focusing on upgrading and refurbishing mining equipment and processing plants across the group operations.

“This will reduce breakdowns, increase efficiencies and lead to lower costs. Metallon will also be upgrading the Inferred section of the 9,6 million ounce resource into the measured and indicated category,” she said.

Kaczmarek said exploration had commenced at Mazowe Mine and would continue over the next six months.

She said this exploration and investment across Metallon’s mines was positioning the company for increased production over the next five years.

She said construction on the new Mazowe Processing Plant and the new Tailing Facilities at Mazowe and Shamva Mine were progressing well.

Target commissioning is expected in Q3 2016, he said.

According to her, the new Mazowe Processing Plant would increase capacity at the mine to 70 000 tonnes per month.

Therefore, the mine will be producing approximately 22 000 ounces per annum.

“The new plant will create approximately 100 direct jobs and additional employment opportunities,” she said.