The Western Australian Government granted the Pilbara gold explorer Artemis Resources a 20,000-tonne excess tonnage permit for extraction of bulk samples from the Purdy’s Reward project.

Artemis, which formed a joint venture with Novo Resources at Purdy’s Reward earlier this year, filed an application for the permit with the WA mines department prior to signing the agreement with the Canadian company.

The partners now plan to use the permit to undertake systematic bulk sampling for grade purposes at Purdy’s Reward.

After nine years, Artemis has reopened its Radio Hill treatment plant at the nickel-copper-cobalt mine. The mine and plant had been shut since 2008 due to a slump in base metals prices.

The company acquired the Radio Hill assets in April to provide it with processing capability in the region.

Artemis has also ordered a $3 million Gekko gold recovery plant, which will be installed at the site by the end of first half 2018.


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