· Accommodation village and dining catering facility commissioned and fully occupied
· Process plant civil earthworks nearing completion
· Over 600m3 of concrete poured
· Leach/absorption tank construction commenced
· Refurbishment of plant mechanical components underway
· Reconditioning of major plant continuing
GR Engineering Services (GRES), the major contractor appointed to refurbish the Edna May Operations gold plant, is well advanced into the construction phase.
Process plant civil earthworks are also almost complete. The majority of the plant site earthworks including crusher dump pocket, crushed ore stockpile, grinding, leach and absorption, and gold recovery area are now complete and construction has commenced on the raw and process water dams.
The process plant concrete civil works are also well underway with the completion of the leach/absorption tank ring beams, workshop pad, MCC footings and other smaller concrete works. The rafts for both the SAG and ball mills are both well into construction as seen in the foreground of the photograph below. The initial concrete pour for the 3.7 mW ball mill raft was 186 m3 with further above ground ball mill civil works being poured as illustrated in the photograph below.
Leach and absorption tank fabrication has also commenced at the plant site. The concrete ring beams for the foundation of the tanks were poured mid August and can be seen in the background of the photo above. The tank fabrication contractor was mobilised to site at the beginning of August to construct 2 x 2000 m3 leach tanks and 6 x 1,200 m3 absorption tanks.
The refurbishment of motors, pumps, steel and other mechanical equipment is underway. The process plant construction remains on schedule and within budget. Currently, planning is underway to commence pre-stripping of the existing Edna May open-pit in November.