Located in the Pilbara mineral field of Western Australia, seven massive sulphide occurrences have been identified to date, of which the largest is Sulphur Springs. The Sulphur Springs project has now been incorporated into the larger Pilbara VMS project. The Pilbara VMS Bankable Feasibility Study being undertaken by Venturex has identified an optimal scenario in which an underground at Sulphur Springs and two open cuts at Whim Creek, site of a closed SxEw Cu operation, supply ore to a 1.3...
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Located in the Pilbara mineral field of Western Australia, seven massive sulphide occurrences have been identified to date, of which the largest is Sulphur Springs. The Sulphur Springs project has now been incorporated into the larger Pilbara VMS project. The Pilbara VMS Bankable Feasibility Study undertaken by Venturex has identified an optimal scenario in which an underground at Sulphur Springs and two open cuts at Whim Creek, site of a closed SxEw Cu operation, supply ore to a 1.3 – 1.5mtpa flotation plant at Whim Creek.
Venturex Resources completed a definitive feasibility study (DFS) at the end of 2012. The study proposes to construct a 1Mt/a ore concentrator at Sulphur Springs to take all of its feed from the Sulphur Springs underground mine for 6.5 years and then a blended feed with the Whim Creek and Mons Cupri deposits which will be mined by open pit. Whim Creek and Mons Cupri deposits are located 260km from Sulphur Springs. In March 2014, the company's mining proposal was approved by the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum.
Average payable output is expected to be 30kt/a Zn, 16.5kt/a Cu and 200koz/a Ag. The pre-production capital is estimated at A$279M (US$290M). Wood Mackenzie assumes the company will receive financing in 2016, with construction starting in 2016 and first production by 2019.
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Asset report | Nov 2015
Pilbara zinc mine project
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