Red 5 selectively mines high-grade gold veins underground at KOTH and trucks the ore to Red 5’s nearby Darlot processing plant. A new mill will allow the mine to process ore on-site.

Red 5 Ltd. has taken another significant step toward the development of its 2.4-million-ounce 16-year life-of-mine King of the Hills (KOTH) gold project in Western Australia, after receiving approval for the Mining Proposal from the Western Australian Department of Mines.

All approvals for the commencement of construction of the processing facility are now in place and the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, MACA Interquip, has mobilized to the site and commenced earthworks in the process plant area.

The EPC contract — encompassing the KOTH processing facility, equipping of the bore fields, high voltage power distribution, workshop, warehouse and bulk earthworks — is being undertaken as a fixed-price contract. The detailed design of the processing facility is well advanced, as many aspects of the circuit are being leveraged off previous similar plant designs and the platework for the CIL tanks has been ordered.

A 15-megawatt SAG mill, shell and motors have been shipped from Houston to Johannesburg to undergo refurbishment and upgrade.

“With final approval for the commencement of construction of the processing plant now in place, we have a hive of activity under way at King of the Hills, with bulk earthworks progressing and installation of the village well under way,” Red 5 Managing Director Mark Williams said. “Major components of the mill are being manufactured or undergoing refurbishment and upgrade, putting all of our workstreams on-track for the achievement of first gold production from the 4 million-metric-ton-per-year KOTH bulk mining operation in the June quarter of 2022.”

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