Galena Mining Ltd achieves 83% construction progress at Abra base metals mine
Galena Mining Ltd (ASX: G1A) achieved construction progress of 83% as of August 31, 2022 at its Abra base metal mine, located in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.
Notably, the arrival of the flotation cells and mill plant in Australia completes the entry of all key construction equipment from overseas suppliers for this project.
Looking ahead, Abra’s overall progress remains in line with project completion, with first commercial production expected in the March quarter of 2023.
Operational readiness activities continue
Galena Managing Director Tony James said: “With the flotation cells and the regrind mill landing in Australia, all of the key equipment required for the Abra processing facility has arrived.
“On-site construction activity has now exceeded 83%, with the focus at the factory on the installation of the remaining mechanical elements, piping and electrical installation.
“Operational readiness activities continue as the site prepares to start some dry commissioning activities.
“It’s also nice to see that the TSF earthworks are nearing completion and the power station is 94% complete.”
Progress at Abra
To date, the engineering, procurement and construction of the Abra processing plant has reached 90% completion.
Mining ramp development continued in the east ramp in August, with a total of 242 meters developed and the ramp reaching 1,337 mRL.
The ramp location is 213 meters vertically below surface and approximately 24 meters vertically above the ore body.
During August, the primary vent raise pilot hole reached 1,390 mRL and counterboring of the 6 meter diameter hole began.
On August 15, new underground diamond grade control holes were completed over 2,141 metres.
Assays from holes drilled in July are expected to be returned in September for evaluation.
The second underground drill rig is also expected to begin drilling in early September, after installation of the required power services.
In surface bulk earthworks, good progress continued with the completion of the tailings storage facility (ISR) earthworks and the site power plant being 94% complete.
Order of key equipment and delivery schedule from overseas suppliers