Alkane Resources is expecting to pour first gold in the next 7 days as its $116 million Tomingley mine commences production.
The mine, located just outside of Dubbo, was a hive of activity when Australian Mining visited this week as the final touches were being implemented to ensure its smooth transition to producer.
The project has a life-span of seven years with gold output expected to exceed 50,000 – 60,000 ounces of gold per year.
And despite the tightening gold prices seen of late, Alkane’s managing director Ian Chalmers said he is optimistic the project will be a success, generating around $25 million in revenue per year.
Below is a pictorial of our time at the Tomingley site.
Tomingley’s 1Mtpa plant and associated infrastructure
The ball mill on site can process 140 tonnes of ore per hour.
Safety first: visitors asked to use tag board.
Tomingley's Wyoming Three Pit in action.
Drill and blast at Wyoming Three is set to commence in three weeks.
Tomingley's mine superintendent Tom Mosey stands in front of the Wyoming Three pit.
Tomingley mine workers.
Alkane built a $5 million underpass under the Newell Highway to connect its Caloma Pit with the site's infrastructure.
Alkane will start extracting ore from the Caloma Pit in the next 14 days.
The Tomingley site now runs 24-hours a day, seven days a week.