Monarch Mining has provided an update on the restart of operations at the Beaufor Mine and Beacon Mill, scheduled to begin in the coming weeks in preparation for the start of mining in 2022. Rehabilitation work at the two sites is being carried out by some 30 employees and more than 120 regular and part-time contractor personnel.
The following is a summary of the work done to date at the Beaufor Mine:
- Rehabilitation of 900 m of rail track including four new switches on level 20 to allow for a sustained maximum haulage rate between the Q zone and the shaft.
- Rehabilitation of the main ramp from level 20 to the Q zone on level 132, which is needed for development and production to resume.
- Recommissioning of four R1300 LHD loaders, three 30-t trucks, including the AD30, and two 15-t trucks.
- Dismantling of the surface ventilation system at the Pascalis shaft and reassembly near the old Beaufor #4 shaft to improve the ventilation system in the Q, W and 350 zones.
- Installation of a 25 kV electrical system to power the future development of the W zone and the new ventilation system.
- Rehabilitation of the surface ore bins to make them safer.
At the Beacon mill, major work has been undertaken since the mill was last commissioned in 2014:
- The administrative offices, drying rooms, warehouses and electrical room have been renovated.
- The electrical distribution system and mill’s internal piping have been replaced.
- The main crusher has been dismantled to allow for a complete overhaul.
- The pumping system has been improved.
- The mill’s internal conveyor system has been inspected, with major repairs made to the main conveyor under the grizzly and the outside rock breaker.
“This work is part of our estimated budget of approximately CAN$12.5 million to bring the Beaufor Mine and Beacon Mill back into operation and will allow our employees to work more efficiently and safely,” said Jean-Marc Lacoste, President and CEO of Monarch. “In addition, as we have said before, we will now be able to extract gold from two sources, the shaft and the ramp, instead of just one, which should increase the mine’s capacity. In terms of our production schedule, we expect to complete the mine and mill preparation work at the end of 4Q21.”
“In terms of exploration at the Beaufor Mine, we have four underground drills currently operating on site and the 42 500-m drilling programme is approximately 85% complete. We are extremely pleased with the results obtained to date and are looking forward to seeing what the next drill results will show,” added Lacoste.
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