Merlin to double ore processing capacity

Merlin Diamonds has been scaling up mining activities at its Merlin diamond mine in Australia’s Northern Territory and has reported that ore processing capacity will double with the installation of a new scrubber
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The trommel scrubber washing plant

Staff reporter

PRESS RELEASE: Processing will increase from the 50t/h to 100t/h, thus doubling the production of diamonds. The new scrubber, screen and conveyor belts are being prepared for shipping and are expected to arrive at Merlin in late August. Merlin's team conducted a final inspection last week prior to shipping.

The scrubber will also significantly reduce the recirculation of oversize material and give Merlin the ability to feed damp ore directly from the pit.

In addition, Merlin has purchased a jaw crusher which will be introduced into the processing circuit to treat the trommel oversize material.

A dense medium separation (DMS) circuit has also been ordered from South Africa, and once installed, capacity will increase upwards of 150t/h.

Further updates on mining operations will be provided shortly as mining contractor Rusca Bros Services ramps up activities at site.