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Aureus Mining receives approval to restart processing operations at New Liberty

Aureus Mining temporarily suspended operations after experiencing problems with the detoxification circuit in the plant in early May 2016.

Following its equity raise earlier this week, the company now has adequate funding available to support its working capital needs and the preparations of the plant pre-start procedure.

The company plans to initiate the start-up following the arrival of a consignment of additional reagents that the company is working to expedite to site.

During the suspension of processing operations, Aureus Mining undertook various modifications and optimisation activities within the process plant and detoxification circuit, with the assistance of technical specialists from Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa, to ensure that the plant operates within its original design specifications.

The company also completed a full reline of the ball mill, fitting the mill with significantly heavier duty liners and also with improved lifters and grates, which was originally scheduled to be undertaken at the end of June 2016.

Additionally, the capacity of the oxygen plant has been increased to provide supplementary oxygen to both the carbon-in-leach and detoxification circuits.

Mining operations continued throughout the plant suspension with the focus on catching up on waste stripping and exposing fresh ore for mining during the upcoming wet season. The current ROM ore stockpile is approximately 122 186 t at a grade of 3.88 g/t of gold.

Aureus Mining, in conjunction with its consultants, has undertaken a comprehensive review of its environmental and social action plans and environmental monitoring regimes to ensure full future compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code.

Chantelle Kotze
Chantelle Kotze is a Johannesburg-based media professional. She is a contributor at Mining Review Africa (Clarion Events - Africa) and has created content for the media brand over the past 6 years.