Monument Mining has completed the on-site horizontal impact crushing trials of various pit and underground materials at the Burnakura site at Murchison Region in Western Australia.
The company also said that the heap leach construction is also progressing at the site.
Following completion of crushing trial test work and heap leach engineering design, Monument is now speeding-up mine development.
Initially, the crushing section of the Burnakura gold processing plant has been designed to provide only high-grade mill feed.
Re-engineering plans are set in order to crush ore materials extracted from various open-pit and underground mines to feed both heap leaching and mill facilities.
Monument sent samples of the crushed materials to independent laboratories in Australia, and plans to use the results for the crushing and screening circuit design.
Engineering company Como Engineers will evaluate the condition of existing crushing, screening and conveying equipment, and restore them to working condition where necessary.
Como will provide CAPEX and OPEX estimates for the entire heap leach plant, including supervision, assistance with construction and wet-commissioning.
Monument aims to commission and start-up the heap leach facilities at the Burnakura site before the end of June 2016.
Monument's Murchison gold project comprises the Burnakura, Gabanintha, and Tuckanarra gold properties in the Murchison Mineral Field, Western Australia.