ERNEST Henry Mining (EHM) hosted a special event to celebrate the first ore production at its Mount Margaret Mining operation late last week.
Ore production commenced at Mount Margaret Mining last month, following the start of open pit mining activities in July, with ore now being transported to EHM for processing through its concentrator.
Xstrata Copper purchased the Mount Margaret mining tenements last year for $175 million and would invest a further $124 million in the operation over the next five years, EHM general manager Myles Johnston said.
The tenements, comprising E1 and Monakoff, were eight kilometres east and 21 kilometres south respectively of EHM near Cloncurry and were being developed through a series of small open pit mines.
More than 20 guests attended last week’s celebration including chief operating officer Xstrata Copper North Queensland, Steve de Kruijff, Cloncurry Mayor Andrew Daniels, Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone executive officer Glen Graham, representatives from the Mitakoodi people, neighbouring landholders and members of the Cloncurry community and Xstrata Mount Isa Mines.
Mr Johnston presented an update on the operation’s progress, saying Mount Margaret was progressing on target with personnel and machinery gradually ramping up in line with the ore production schedule.
“Approximately four million tonnes of material has been mined since we started the pre-strip in July and ore is now being trucked to our EHM operation where it will be temporarily stockpiled prior to processing, which will commence in late September,” Mr Johnston said.
The event included a tour to Mount Margaret’s E1 tenement to view mining activities with guests impressed at the size of the machinery working in the open pit mine.
Some took up the special opportunity to sit behind the wheel of a massive 200 tonne Cat 793 haul truck.
Cloncurry Shire Council’s new chief executive officer David Neeves said it was his first time visiting an open pit mine.
“It was fascinating to see the haul truck up close and to appreciate the size and capability of the machine,” Mr Neeves said.
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