W Resources has started commissioning of the Jig and Mill Plant at its La Parrilla tungsten project in Spain.
Upgrading the La Parrilla ore, the plant will reject barren material and prepare it for feed to the concentrator plant, which is set to be commissioned later this year.
Once fully commissioned, the company will feed 100% of the output of the Jig and Mill Plant to the existing concentrator plant. The upgraded and milled mine feed will allow a significant upgrade in near-term tungsten and tin production capacity.
W Resources chairman Michael Masterman said: “The commencement of commissioning the La Parrilla Jig and Mill Plant following construction completion is a very important milestone as we advance to full completion of the 2Mtpa plant.
“We expect to be able to feed crushed ore to the Jig and Mill Plant in late April and then process it through our existing concentrator plant.”
The upgraded mine feed also ensures smooth autonomous operation of the Jig and Mill Plant ahead of commissioning of the concentrator plant.
Over the last three weeks, the plant has advanced with 90% of all structural steel and primary equipment now on-site and being installed. Construction is slated for completion this quarter.
W Resources noted that the mine is designed for scale-up with preparatory grade control drilling completed and the ramp from the fast track mine (FTM) area to the crusher plant also concluded.
Additionally, the first hard rock blasting of the 10m benches in the FTM area is scheduled for this month.
The mining fleet mobilisation is currently underway following the arrival of a Komatsu HD605 rigid truck.