Red 5 crushing it at KOTH
Red 5 has begun commissioning the crushing circuit at its King of the Hills (KOTH) gold project in Western Australia, as the company targets first gold next quarter. Key milestones achieved in January at KOTH included the crushing circuit switchroom powering up, the beginning of piping and electricals for the SAG mill, and the installation of all powerline poles.
Red 5 managing director Mark Williams said the project remained on schedule and on budget.
“January has been another busy month at King of the Hills, with our construction and development teams continuing to fire on all cylinders,” he said.
“It’s great to see the final elements of this new, long-life gold mine rapidly taking shape, as is evident from our latest flyover video of the site.”
The project has a 16-year lifespan as Red 5 gets to work on mining the 2.4-million-ounce resource. Mining contractor Macmahon began first open-pit mining in early February, as the project surpassed 80 per cent constructed. Other recent accomplishments include the first of the borefield pipelines being tested and operational, an embankment lift on the tailings storage facility, commissioning of the power station generators, and 95 per cent of the gas pipeline has been installed.
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Red 5 keeps 2022 production start on schedule
Red 5 has hit several construction milestones at the King of the Hills (KOTH) gold project, as the emerging gold miner nears production at the Western Australian site. The 2.4-million-ounce project remains on schedule, with Red 5 targeting first production by the June quarter of 2022.
All SAG mill components have been delivered to site, with assembly of the mill shell now underway. The CIL tanks have also been fully welded, while six of the eight CIL tank agitators have been assembled.
Red 5 managing director Mark Williams acknowledged the efforts of the company’s workforce to keep construction moving despite the difficult labour shortage, which has plagued the state’s resources sector in 2021.
“Despite the challenging environment for people, equipment and services across the WA mining industry, King of the Hills remains within budget and on schedule, which is a credit to the diligence, hard work and focus of our team,” Williams said.
In July, Red 5 announced the mine may even be extending KOTH’s 16-year mine life with a 19 per cent increase to its underground resource. The company reported a 130,000-ounce increase to the resource after completing 33,088 metres of underground drilling in 2020, bringing the total mine life to a possible 20.5 years.