THE outstanding potential of Talang Santo mine within Kingsrose Mining’s Way Linggo Gold Project has been highlighted by an independent report, which states says that a series of conventional practices will significantly increase production rates. It recommends an overhaul of mine planning and scheduling methods.

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The portal at Kingsrose Mining’s Talang Santo underground gold mine in South Sumatra.

The report by Mining Plus has highlighted the outstanding nature of the underground ore body and recommended measures to significantly improve its operational performance. It points to ‘exceptionally good ore and high potential for additional resources’.

It notes that the mine’s performance has been hampered by insufficient working faces and addressing this will help ensure ore extraction is maximised, thereby maintaining steady production rates and more accurately forecasting production.

The report noted that alternative mining methods should be investigated with a view to extracting high-value ore, which may have been left behind in pillars.

Mining Plus will work alongside the company’s operational team to update the mine plan, create a schedule to rebuild developed stocks and investigate remnant pillar mining.

Other findings included:

  • The mine safety performance is good, with safety KPIs as good or better than the underground mining statistics recorded by Western Australia’s minerals industry in 2014-2015;
  • The mining risk register contained a number of identified extreme risks with appropriate control measures documented;
  • The mine de-watering efforts, in conjunction with the BASF chemical grouting, have enabled water issues to be kept relatively under control;
  • The mine has exceptionally good ore identified below the 5 level and high potential for additional resources along strike and at other favourable structural locations; and
  • Talang Santo should have a long and profitable future.

Kingsrose executive chairman John Morris said the Mining Plus report was extremely encouraging because it confirmed the underlying strengths of the Talang Santo ore body and highlighted the strong potential to increase its operational performance.

Way Linggo is held under a 100sqkm fourth generation Contract of Work (CoW) and is on the mineral-rich Trans-Sumatran Fault. The project has established infrastructure with a 140,000 tonnes/annum Merrill Crowe gold circuit.

The company is producing from its second mine of the project area, Talang Santo, which, based on current development is pointing to being a significantly larger mineralised system than that seen at the Way Linggo mine. In addition, significant exploration upside exists on the wider project area.

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