Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 13 July 2010 – Toronto-listed, emerging mid-tier gold producer Great Basin Gold Limited (GBG) has revealed that the start up of its Burnstone metallurgical plant in South Africa will be delayed by two weeks.
This follows South African power utility Eskom informing the company that the project would only be tied in to the national electricity grid on 8 August.
“Although delayed, finalisation of the power supply from Eskom is a significant step towards the commissioning of the Burnstone metallurgical plant,” said Great Basin president and CEO Ferdi Dippenaar.
“Internal delays at Eskom impacted on its previous commitments to deliver power to site by the end of June 2010. Fortunately, the delay in commissioning the mill is limited to only two weeks, and is not expected to significantly impact on the planned ore throughput,” Dippenaar added.
Providing an update on the project, the company said the metallurgical plant construction project had made rapid progress against an aggressive 15 month delivery time-line. Heavy civil construction had largely been completed, construction of various buildings was far advanced, and the off-site assembled components were being delivered and installed.
The tailings facility project was also progressing well, with Phase 1 completed and ready to receive tailings from the plant. Another highlight in the past two months had been the completion of the sinking phase of the Burnstone vertical shaft to its final depth of 487m in early May.
The company said good progress was being made in the development of underground infrastructure at Burnstone. A total of 2 692m of on-reef development had been completed by the end of June 2010, and the rate of mining was expected to increase as more mining areas became available.
It added that a total of about 126 000t had been accumulated on the ore stockpiles, which would be used for mill commissioning.