REDPATH AUSTRALIA TO DEVELOP DARLOT GOLD MINE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Redpath Australia has been awarded a 12 month contract by Red 5 at the Darlot gold mine in Western Australia. They will be working alongside Red 5’s own teams creating new mine areas including Middle Waters South, Pederson, Thompson and Burswood.
Included in these works is 3 kms rapid underground mine development which commenced at the beginning of October.
The Australian Mining Review has reported the following regarding this contract:-
The Darlot mine plan and King of the Hills (KOTH) processing hub strategy came in response to a plant capacity study in August which confirmed the KOTH plant can process up to 4.7 million tonnes per annum.
Red 5 managing director Mark Williams said in August that this would transform the main function of the Darlot gold mine.
“Darlot has until now served as a central processing facility under our ‘Truck-to-Darlot’ strategy but, with the impending completion of the new state-of-the-art KOTH processing plant and its substantial latent capacity, we have a unique opportunity to treat other ore sources over and above those proposed in the KOTH mine plan,” Williams said.
Darlot has a mineral resource of 1.2 million ounces of gold and the development of new mines by Redpath could uncover even deeper resources than first realised.
Redpath may be presented with the option to extend the 12-month contract at six-month intervals and the contract will be funded by ongoing operations at Darlot.
Red 5 is expecting first gold at KOTH by mid-2022 in a build-up to production which was recently highlighted by a visit from Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.