Sandfire Commissions Massive Solar Power Facility in WA

Sandfire Resources announced that the new solar power facility at its DeGrussa copper-gold mine in Western Australia has achieved full generation capacity after successfully attaining key milestones during commissioning. The facility is currently generating approximately 7 megawatts (MW) of power, which is in line with seasonal expectations. Solar generating output will ramp up during the summer months to achieve the full 10-MW functional capacity.

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Study Maps Future Path for Frieda River Project

PanAust Ltd. has reported the results of a new feasibility study of the Frieda River copper-gold project in Papua New Guinea that contemplates initial development of a large open-pit operation based on approximately one-quarter of the project’s resources. Plant feed to a conventional processing plant would average about 40 million mt/y to produce averages of 175,000 mt/y of copper and 250,000 oz/y of gold in concentrate over a mine life of 17 years.

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OZ Study Raises Carrapateena Mine Output to 4 Million t/y

OZ Minerals has increased the scope of an ongoing prefeasibility study of its Carrapateena underground copper-gold project in South Australia to include mine production of 4 million metric tons per year (mt/y), up from a previously considered 2.8 million mt/y. The study is also evaluating construction of a concentrate treatment plant at the port of Whyalla on the Spencer Gulf, about 200 km south of the Carrapateena project site.

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Doray Nearing Startup at Deflector Gold Project

Doray Minerals began commissioning the 480,000-metric-ton-per-year (mt/y) processing plant at its 100% owned Deflector gold project in the southern Murchison region of Western Australia in early April, with expectations that commissioning would be complete by the end of May and that production would begin in June.

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