Leonora plant goes into care and maintenance

Following the suspension of construction of Kin Mining’s Cardinia processing plant at the Leonora gold project in Western Australia last month, officials have placed the facility on care and maintenance
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The Cardinia site in May 2018.

Staff reporter

The company, which has demobilised construction crews and subcontractors, has also made all site infrastructure, installations and equipment safe, secure, hygienic and ready for when construction recommences.
 
In addition, caretakers will oversee the warehouse or laydown areas, where equipment has been checked and stored.
 
Site-based development, including water bore drilling, test pumping and other programmes, will go on in the short term, using crews from Cardinia. The potable water tank and ball mill pinion gear, the manufacture or refurbishment of which are being completed, will be delivered to the site and will remain stored for the coming month.
 
Kin Mining said May 9 that it would stop progress on the facility because additional testwork and design to "optimise project returns" was needed. Until those cost estimates and engineering design scheduling can be completed, work will cease but the miner's geology and exploration teams will continue to work on its exploration programme.
 
The 100%-owned Leonora gold project in the northeastern Goldfields region is projected to produce 372,000oz, or an annual average of 55,000oz, over a mine life of seven years.