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Construction starts at $153M metal project

Galena Mining
Galena Mining

An exploration company has started initial work at its $153 million metal project in Western Australia’s Midwest region.

A subsidiary of Galena Mining has started early construction activity at its Abra Base Metals Project, 200km north of Meekatharra.

Abra Mining’s site clearing and roadworks have focused on topsoil clearing and storage, ground preparation at the permanent camp site and various site and access roadworks. Water production bores have been drilled and prepared with pumps and pipelines, waste water treatment facilities have been installed, and 80-person prefabricated accommodation units were deployed and assembled for the permanent camp, kitchen and messing facilities.

Key engineering procurement and construction and mining services contracts for the 1 Mtpa capacity processing plant and
box cut underground mine are still being finalised.

Green light for work to begin

Abra Mining has already received approval for its mining proposal, mine closure plan and native vegetation clearing permit from the State Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The State Department of Water and Environment Regulation Works also approved the processing plant and tailings storage facility.

Other work required includes building:

  • a crushing and stockpiling area
  • an airstrip
  • power lines
  • a communications tower
  • a security and administration building
  • an underground portal.

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“The construction works now commenced at Abra are significant and most of them form part of what might go into a final engineering, procurement and construction package, so we’re genuinely getting a ‘jump’ on things to fast-track the overall timetable to production,” Galena managing director Alex Molyneux said in a public statement.

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