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Production jumps up to 19 per cent at metal mines


An Australasian resources company recently enjoyed a significant increase across its metal mining operations.

China-linked MMG confirmed copper, zinc and lead production results were so strong for the last three months of 2019 that the proponent has a bright outlook for the rest of the New Year.

“Total quarterly production of copper, zinc and lead was 3 per cent, 3 per cent, and 19 per cent higher respectively than the prior quarter, with improved operational performance across all sites,” MMG CEO Geoffrey Gao said in a public statement.

The company produced 451,963 tonnes of copper and 253,520 tonnes of zinc across all operations for the full calendar year to 31 December. By the end of the year MMG had produced a total of 120,571 tonnes of copper concentrate and 70,813 tonnes of zinc concentrate.

Forty per cent of the zinc concentrate was produced at the Dugald River Mine, 90km northeast of Mount Isa. Record mine production, higher mill throughput and improved recoveries helped set a new record for the operation.

Thirty two per cent of zinc concentrate was produced at the Rosebery Mine, 202km west of Launceston. Operational improvements helped bring record mining and milling volumes, which exceeded 1 million tonnes for the second year in a row.

“An improved medium term outlook for Las Bambas and plant throughput increases at Dugald River present a very positive medium-term production outlook for the business,” Gao said.

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  • senior maintenance planner
  • electrical and instrumentation technician
  • superintendent – mine technical services.

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Successful applicants will work a drive-in drive-out daytime roster of eight days on and six days off, and a nightshift roster of seven nights on and seven nights off.

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