Andy Well open pit gold mining progressing on schedule

Paul Boughton

Mining of the high-grade stage 1 open pit at Doray Minerals Ltd's Andy Well Gold Project in the northern Murchison region of Western Australia has commenced and is scheduled to take about four months to complete.

So far, a total of 49,000bcm of waste has been mined from the open pit up to 9th December 2012, comprising mostly topsoil and hardpan.

The company says significant progress has been made in completing initial site works for processing and other mine site infrastructure, including the tailings storage facility and ROM pad, which will be built from waste material from the stage 1 open pit.

The plant design has been detailed and long lead items ordered to allow commissioning of the processing plant to commence from mid-2013.

Construction of the Meekatharra Accommodation Village is nearing completion with stage 1 of the village occupied by the open pit mining crew and various Doray personnel.

Following completion of the final 126-room village during December, construction crews have mobilised to site for commencement of the installation of the processing plant.

An RC drilling campaign targeting extensions to the high grade Judy Lode has recently commenced. The programme comprises an initial 2200m, followed by a further 3800m pending results of the first phase.

Doray’s 100 per cent-owned Andy Well Gold Project is located approximately 45km north of Meekatharra, in Western Australia’s northern Murchison region.

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