The carbon-in-leach (CIL) process plant at Sumatra Copper & Gold’s Tembang Gold-Silver Project in southern Sumatra, Indonesia, has achieved practical completion with waste material being fed into the facility eight weeks ahead of schedule.
The project team has now handed the process plant over to operations while permission has been granted for discharge into the tailings storage facility pending issue of the final B3 waste permit.
Blasting has commenced at the underground and open pit mines under development following receipt of the final explosives permit. Achievement of these milestones has brought forward the expected timing of the first gold pour to late September.
Portal access and ground support has been fully established at the flagship Belinau underground mine with blasting and decline development under way.
Pre-strip mining has commenced at the high grade Siamang deposit while de-watering and pre-strip blasting is under way at the Bujang pit. Blasting has also commenced at the Berenai open pit cut-back with ore continuing to be mined and stockpiled at the run-of-mine pad.
Sumatra’s managing director David Fowler says, “The construction and operations teams have been outstanding in successfully delivering the Tembang project to this point, ahead of schedule with good safety performance. We are also appreciative of the support provided by the local government, community and our suppliers who have worked with us to achieve this important outcome.
“The expected first gold pour in late September, eight weeks ahead of schedule, will herald a new era for our company and provide a significant boost to the local economy.”
The company has appointed a new general manager, Leonard Manurung. A mining engineer with an MBA, he has more than 20 years of resources experience and has held senior operational management roles in international companies, including PT Freeport Indonesia.
Significant advances have also been made to bolster and expand the company’s community engagement and community development initiative as well as strengthening the security team, systems and processes.