Group 6 Metals (ASX: G6M) has released a construction update from its strategic Dolphin Tungsten Mine, reporting that it remains on target for first concentrate production in Q1 2023.
The company notes that construction activity at the mine, situated on King Island in the Bass Strait is progressing ‘steadily’ despite the challenging construction environment, which has caused labour and materials issues across Australia.
Addressing the update, Group 6 Metals CEO Keith McKnight said: “We are very pleased with the progress made at the Dolphin site as we continue to ramp up construction activities in line with our schedule. The recent completion of the earthworks and commencement of civil works are hugely important activities that will allow Gekko to commence the process plant construction works. By placing orders for major OEM equipment mid last year, we have ensured that equipment will be delivered on time and within budget, mitigating significant cost escalation and delays.
“We are very pleased with the progress made at the Dolphin site as we continue to ramp up construction activities in line with our schedule”
Once most of the major components are delivered to site by the end of July, it will significantly de-risk the project’s delivery schedule and we are happy to report we are still on track to deliver first concentrate in Q1 of 2023.
G6M staff and contractors have worked very hard to achieve the progress to date and we would like to thank them for their efforts. The next 6 months will be a very busy time for the Company and our team on the ground at Dolphin. We look forward to regularly updating the market as we progress.”
Key updates include completion of earthworks for the process plant, along with the continuing installation of main haul roads and plant access roads.
Civil works in preparation for the project’s crushing circuit are also nearing completion, with handover to Gekko Systems for mechanical installation works expected to occur by the end of June.
In addition, a range of other key updates include completion of an overhead power line to connect the project to the King Island grid, commencement of work on modular accommodation buildings, delivery of OEM equipment and materials, and the receipt of approval for the project’s tailings storage facility.
G6M notes that tungsten concentrate market conditions remain strong, with prices for ammonium paratungstate (APT) holding firm despite a COVID-led reduction in Chinese demand.
Additional demand from Europe and the United States is reported to be strong, with demand outstripping supply.
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