Hambledon Mining commences mining at Kazakhstan project

9 November 2011 (Last Updated November 9th, 2011 18:30)

Hambledon Mining has commenced underground mining operations at the Sekisovskoye gold project in eastern Kazakhstan, one month ahead of schedule.

Hambledon Mining has commenced underground mining operations at the Sekisovskoye gold project in eastern Kazakhstan, one month ahead of schedule.

The ore at the project will be initally extracted through a modified room and post pillar method by mining contractors using their own machinery.

Hambledon will continue the mining operations through 2012 using a combination of room and pillar, and bulk mining methods.

The firm is also continuing development of the main decline and infrastructure such as de-watering stations and exploration drill chambers.

The project is expected to reach a long-term target of about 850,000tpa by 2017.

Golder Associates is currently conducting an engineering study regarding the design of the further development of the underground mine at the project.