“With construction nearing completion and commissioning underway, our team is now focusing on ramping up to commercial production,” states Christian Milau, President and CEO of True Gold.
“Our mining team has been in full operation for the past four months, starting with pre-stripping waste and now stockpiling ore. Our processing team has successfully commissioned the ore crushing to stacking circuit, and we are in the final stretch of process plant completion in preparation for plant commissioning. It’s incredibly exciting to be on the eve of a major company milestone.”
Construction at Karma is approximately 94% complete with commissioning being the major activity on site today. Over 500 000 t of stockpiled ore will provide the initial feed to the fully commissioned soft rock crusher, agglomeration and stacking circuit.
Ore has been introduced into the crushing and agglomerating circuits, and agglomerated ore is being stacked on the leach pad.
Piping and solution collection systems for leach pad cells 1 to 3 have been completed with the installation of the last of the HDPE lining for the pad to pond interface.
Cell 1 is receiving agglomerated ore, while Cells 2 and 3 will be completed in the coming weeks, with final placement of the drainage layer underway. Cells 4 through 9 are levelled and are ready for HDPE lining installation.
Construction of the three process solution ponds (pregnant, intermediate, and barren) is complete. They are full of water, with pontoon pumps installed.
The ADR plant is nearing completion with the final installation of piping, electrical and instrumentation remaining. The main construction focus is now on completion of the gold room where are all the equipment is in the building ready to be placed in position once the second floor brickwork and plastering is completed.
The gold vault has been completed and is ready to receive doré.
Site structural steel work is complete, and the remaining civil works are limited to the gold room and minor infrastructure items.
Phase I of the grade control drilling programme for the Goulagou II pit has been successfully completed and the results are consistent with the anticipated tonnage and grade for the volume drilled. Phase II of this on-going programme will start in mid-February.
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