Cloncurry copper producer CuDeco says it is now achieving nameplate throughput rates on a regular basis at its Rocklands process plant.
Metal recovery improved significantly throughout March and had continued through April compared to previous months due to an intensive effort from the company’s metallurgical team, combined with improved control and management of reagents, the company said.
The re-commencement of mining over the past month through contractor Andy’s Earthmovers is also resulting in availability of more chalcopyrite-based feed, as high-grade primary ore from the south of the Las Minerale pit is delivered to the mill for processing.
“Recent executive changes at the company and Rocklands is having a positive impact,” interim chairman Peter Hutchison said.
“Our process plant is beginning to show signs of what is achievable under appropriate management, with nameplate throughput rates being achieved on a regular basis. We have even seen periods well above nameplate being achieved sporadically which is wonderful news for all concerned.
“Our new executive team in Mark Gregory (CEO) and Jiang Gongyang (COO) are working well with Joseph Skrypniuk (AGM) and other key CuDeco staff to facilitate the critical changes needed to put the project back on track. I am very pleased to see so many key performance indicators are now heading in the right direction.”
Forecast process plant throughput for April is 227,000 tonnes and forecast concentrate production is 9330 tonnes.