Ramelius Resources says it has commenced ore mining at its Tampia gold mine in Western Australia, hitting the milestone on time.
First ore was mined initially from the North Pit with the associated waste used to complete the required site earthworks. Mining will shortly move to the higher-grade Mace and South Pit areas in line with the planned mining schedule, the company said.
The project has commenced on schedule and is on track to despatch the first road train of high-grade ore to the Edna May processing facility in early July.
Tampia, which Ramelius consolidated 100% ownership of earlier this year, was the subject of a feasibility study in April 2020. This study focused on the option to haul ore to Ramelius’ Edna May processing facility for production of 186,000 oz of gold from the processing of 2.5 Mt of ore.
Ramelius Managing Director, Mark Zeptner, said: “We are pleased to have commenced the mining of high-grade ore from our Tampia gold mine on schedule with our published mine plan. This is the culmination of the efforts of many employees, contractors, members of the local community and the Shires of Narembeen, Merredin & Westonia.
“Gold from Tampia will represent a significant proportion of our financial year 2022 production target and will be our first new mine in the Western Australian wheatbelt where we believe we will deliver significant returns for all stakeholders.”