Since commissioning in 2011, the Mt Weld concentration plant has been processing ore stockpiled from the first Mt Weld mining campaign (2007/08) in order to produce rare earth concentrate for separation at the Lynas Advanced Material Plant in Kuantan, Malaysia.
The second mining campaign, aptly named Campaign 1B is a continuation of the first mining campaign extending the depth of original pit by 10 metres. There is no overburden removal required for this campaign and the floor of the current pit is high grade ore. Campaign 1B is expected to take about 4 months and will extract approximately one year of mill feed. This ore will be blended with some remaining medium grade ore from the first mining campaign.
The mining is being undertaken by a local Goldfields based contractor. A new access ramp into the pit has been completed and the first ore was extracted on 25 January 2017
New access ramp reached pit floor on morning of 25 January 2017.
First ore from mining Campaign 1B being loaded onto truck (25 January 2017)
First ore from mining Campaign 1B onto the ROM stockpile area (25 January 2017)