Calidus Resources has begun commissioning its Warrawoona gold project in Western Australia, with first gold pour approaching in the coming three months.
The project’s diesel backup power station has already been commissioned, while several other operational preparations are underway.
These include filling of the raw water pond, piping and electrical installation, and the tailings storage facility is ready for discharge.
Calidus managing director Dave Reeves commended his staff for their efforts in trying circumstances.
“With first gold now forecast to be less than 10 weeks away, we are about to make the pivotal transition from developer to profitable gold producer,” he said.
“This immense achievement is a credit to all employees and contractors, who have worked tirelessly amid some of the most challenging weather conditions and times our industry has faced.”
There are currently 105,000 tonnes of ore on the run-of-mine pad as the company continues to target 200,000 tonnes upon beginning operations.
Crushing and milling operations are expected to begin within the next eight weeks with first gold pour coming about two weeks later.
The 4.5-megawatt SAG mill has also been installed, with commissioning of the variable speed drive underway.
Mining contractor Macmahon has mobilised the first four Cat 777 100-tonne trucks and a 200-tonne excavator to site.
Macmahon was signed to Warrawoona in September 2021 on a $210 million contract for open cut mining activities.
This contract will continue until December 2026 as Calidus aims to produce 105,000 ounces of gold per year, with the possibility of increasing to 139,000 as the company’s nearby Blue Spec deposit is developed.