Redpath jumbo drill and other equipment arrive at Darlot. (Photo: Redpath)

Red 5 Ltd. awarded a mine development contract for its Darlot gold mine in Western Australia to Redpath Australia Pty Ltd. The contract, which has been awarded following the completion of a competitive tender process, is for 12 months with an option to extend at six-monthly intervals. The initial contract value is $13 million and will be funded by cash-flow from the Darlot Operations. The Redpath mining team and equipment have mobilized at the site and underground mine development commenced on October 1.

Consistent with the revised Darlot Mine Plan and King of the Hills Processing Hub Strategy announced on August 2, Redpath will be undertaking 3 kilometers of rapid underground mine development at Darlot, separate from the mining activities being conducted by Red 5’s existing mining teams. This will provide access to new mine areas in Burswood, Pedersen, Middle Waters South and Thompson that underpin Darlot’s current mine plan to June 2023. The option to extend the mine development contract would open further additional mining areas within Darlot’s 1.2-million-ounces (oz) underground mineral resource.

The recently announced transition strategy for Darlot will see it become an underground satellite mine to the King of the Hills Processing Hub, with the new processing plant expected to produce first gold in the June quarter 2022. The investment in mine development at Darlot is a key aspect of the transition strategy at Darlot, reducing dependence on remnant mining and opening up new mine areas. The lower cost base of the KOTH Processing Hub has the potential to extend the Darlot underground mine life for several years.