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Red River recruits Pybar to restart Thalanga zinc project

Thalanga mill and workshop facilities. Red River Resources

Red River Resources has announced that significant steps have been taken in restarting its Thalanga zinc project in Queensland, with a mining services contract being awarded to Pybar Mining Services.

The project, which was placed into care and maintenance in 2012, consists of the West 45 portal which will be the main focus of the underground mining contract with Pybar.

So, what is the Thalanga Zinc project?

Located west of Charters Towers in Central Queensland, the site was disicovered in 1975 by Pennaroya Australia Pty Ltd, with constrction and development of the project completed in 1989 – and thus, commercial production began.

Thalanga consists of West 45, Far West, and Orient deposits.

Pybara will work specifically on the West 45 deposit, which Thalanga Mill mined around 2,000 tonnes of development ore prior to West 45 being placed on care & maintenance in March 2012. The decline is partially flooded, and services (power and ventilation) were stripped out during the administration period.

The project is expected to produce 21,4000 tonnes of zinc, 3600 tonnes of copper, 5000 tonnes of lead, 2000 ounces of gold and 370,0000 of silver in concentrate over an initial five-year mine life.

Red River has awarded the West 45 underground mining contract to PYBAR Mining Services

PYBAR will begin to mobilise to site within the next 2 weeks and expect to commence underground mining operations at West 45 shortly thereafter.

PYBAR Mining Services

PYBAR Mining Services (PYBAR) are an Australian based and owned underground mining contractor with a long track record in metalliferous underground mining contracts within Australia, and have an outstanding reputation in terms of safety, execution and quality.

Pybar had previously been contracted to work with Glencore for its CSA copper mine in New South Wales. Pybar successfully supported the mine development and intensive ground support regimes, load and haul of development waste to stope fill areas, and loading of development ore into client trucks as required.

The company provided all labour, equipment and materials for the supply, delivery and application of the shotcrete.


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