Just days after confirming its commissioning, Capricorn Metals’ Karlawinda gold operation in Western Australia has marked its achievement of first gold.
The producer said last week the inaugural gold bars weighing 12 kilograms (386 ounces) were poured on the first smelt on-site on 30 June.
Capricorn said the mine’s 7.5-MW ball mill has operated at an average 91% availability during start-up, as crews complete final testing and inspections as well as alignments. It has achieved a throughput of 480 t/h, or 4.25 Mt/y, ad-hoc over the six-day start-up period.
It also noted that the three-stage crushing circuit at the facility has been running at an excess of 1,000 t/h.
Karlawinda is now focusing on ramping up and optimising its activities for crushing, processing and plant services. Its run of mine ore stocks are now over 450,000 t at the ROM pad.
Source: Capricorn Metals