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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OZ Finds New High-grade at Prominent Hill

An OZ Minerals drilling program on the eastern end of its Prominent Hill orebodies in South Australia has returned strong results, including a 68.5-m intercept grading 3.2% copper and 0.5 g/mt gold located 40 m east of previous domain interpretation and outside of the existing classified mineral resource. OZ Minerals is spending $4 million in 2016 on a diamond drill program to increase the confidence level of the mineralization by infill drilling to a vertical depth of 700 m below surface, testing its potential for future conversion to ore reserves.

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Yaramoko Gold Heading for June Production Start

Roxgold Inc. reported in early April that construction was 84% complete at its high-grade Yaramoko gold project in western Burkina Faso and that the first gold pour was scheduled for June. Plant commissioning was under way, and ore development in the underground mine was progressing well on four levels. More than 23,000 metric tons (mt) of ore had been placed on the run-of-mine pad.

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