Classic Minerals submits Kat Gap mining proposal and delivers gold processing plant to site
Budding gold producer Classic Minerals (ASX: CLZ) continues to advance the planned development of its flagship Kat Gap gold project in Western Australia with the submission of two more applications for approval by the Mining Department of the ‘State.
The company announced today that it has filed the request for mining proposal (including the mine closure plan), as well as the application for a permit to clear native vegetation.
Meanwhile, the recently commissioned Gekko gold processing plant is en route from the Classic industrial site in Perth to the Kat Gap site, located approximately 170 km south of Southern Cross in the gold fields of the is from WA.
Mining proposal request
Classic said he expected it would take about three months for WA’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) to conduct the assessment process to approve the two applications.
After receiving approval for the mining proposal, the company said it would seek to immediately begin mining and production operations and process the ore through its Gekko plant.
The mining proposal submission and native vegetation clearing permit applications follow the granting of the Kat Gap mining lease a month ago and the approval of native title earlier in May.
The next step to take before mining and production begins involves agreements for the use of regional infrastructure and access to water.
“Having now filed for the final government approvals required prior to the start of mining operations on our flagship Kat Gap gold project, the company continues to take the key steps required to formally transform Classic from explorer to miner. We look forward to updating shareholders as additional milestones are reached, ”said Classic President John Lester.
Mobilization of the processing plant
On Tuesday, Classic announced that its recently assembled Gekko gold processing plant has now been transported to the Kat Gap site.
The plant has a capacity of 30 tons per hour and is scalable to a Gekko Python sized plant with a processing capacity of 250 tph.
The company said the custom modular factory is designed around structural elements that are easy to assemble on site and minimize civil and infrastructure costs.
“The Gekko plant has many features that make it modifiable for Kat Gap Gold mining operations and we believe taking a modular plant approach is more cost effective,” said Lester.
The Kat Gap project
Classic owns a 100% interest in the gold rights to the Kat Gap properties, as well as rights other than gold, including, but not limited to nickel, lithium and other metals.
The project has an initial JORC inferred resource of 92,869 ounces at 2.96 grams per tonne of gold with a conventional cyanide leaching process showing 95-96% recovery from fresh samples and oxides.