New Century Resources has reopened the Century zinc mine, located 250km north-west of Mount Isa in the Lower Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland.
The event to mark the reopening was attended by guests from state and federal government, as well as the Waanyi community.
The mine’s previous owner MMG ended processing operations at the site in 2016 due to depletion of ore reserves.
Since the acquisition of the mine, New Century has been focused on its refurbishment, which was planned to be carried out in phases.
Currently, the first phase of operations is in progress at the Century mine, under which the company commenced hydraulic mining operations and production of zinc concentrate last month.
This phase also involves reprocessing of eight million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of tailings and the company will export the zinc concentrate produced through its port facility at Karumba.
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During the next phase, New Century will work on the refurbishment of the northern flotation train and associated infrastructure in order to ramp up operations to 15Mtpa.
New Century Resources managing director Patrick Walta said: “New Century Resources is dedicated to implementing its economic mine rehabilitation strategy and to establishing a successful business that creates improved environmental outcomes and continued community benefits.
“The reinvigorated Century Mine operations have also created ongoing indigenous employment opportunities and local community development initiatives through the continued implementation of the Gulf Communities Native Title Agreement.”
The Waanyi-Downer Joint Venture (WDJV) signed a mining services agreement in May this year to carry out works associated with New Century’s insitu mineral resource at the Century mine’s South Block.