Australian exploration and mining company, Metro Mining has reported progress at its Bauxite Hills mine on the western coastline of Cape York, Queensland.
According to the company, all major marine infrastructure has reached practical completion including the barge loading facility, marine offloading facility, cyclone moorings, navigational aids and tidal gauge.
In the lead-up to production, Metro will also commission the product sampling station and on-belt analyser which are used to support mining operations, specifically quality control.
The civils work package is also progressing well and haul road construction is advancing. The haul road to the BH6 deposit, where mining will likely commence, is complete. Work continues on the haul road to the BH1 deposit.
Simon Finnis, Managing Director commented: “Our team and partners really need to be congratulated on a fantastic effort to get the major items of infrastructure complete, and commissioned in this timeframe. A special thanks must go to Transhipment Services Australia, who were the Project Managers for the BLF and marine infrastructure for a job well done.”
“We are becoming increasingly excited about next year, and are confident we will be in production, as we have promised, early in 2Q18,” he added.