Australian-based Doray Minerals has commenced the initial stage of new processing plant commissioning at its wholly-owned Deflector gold project located in southern Murchison.
The purpose-built plant has a 480ktpa capacity.
GR Engineering Services is serving as the company's EPC contractor and has commenced commissioning of the crushing circuit that represents the first stage of the overall plant commissioning.
The first parcels of waste material are being fed to the crusher.
Commissioning of the ball mill and flotation circuit is set to follow and all processing plant areas are slated for completion by the end of May 2016.
Other developments to take place at Deflector are the commencement of underground mining and production, which are scheduled for June 2016.
The high-grade / low-cost Deflector gold project has an initial mine life of six years.
The company acquired the Deflector project following its takeover of Mutiny Gold in February 2015 and approved the development of the mine in May 2015.
Doray Minerals started open-pit mining at its Deflector project in February 2016. It has two gold assets including the Andy Well gold project and the Deflector gold project in Western Australia.
Upon completion of construction and commissioning of the project in mid-2016, the company anticipates about 140,000oz of combined production per annum from Andy Well and Deflector.
The company is also targeting an average all-in sustaining cost of less than A$1,000/oz across the two projects.
Image: Completed crushing circuit and ROM pad with crushed waste material on conveyor. Photo: courtesy of Doray Minerals Ltd.