OceanaGold Projects Update
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Posted November 06, 2019
Kit Wilson from OceanaGold called into the Gold FM studio for a catch up with Brian Gentil today.
With the much warmer weather Brian asked about the temperature ‘down under’?
He also wondered if mining operations were impacted by recent power cuts?
Work in Martha Mine came to a halt when a large slip closed the haul road on April 01, 2015. Brian asked whether work had resumed yet? Kit said there will be no work on the North wall for quite some time, including in 2020.
On Monday OceanaGold held a meeting for residents living near the Rex vein which is located very close to the upper Seddon Street CBD, the rugby club and Kenny Street. Brian Gentil attended the meeting and asked Kit about a question regarding the Pit Rim Walkway raised by a resident. They wondered if the walkway could be put back on the track, not on the road?
OceanaGold intends to create a second air vent in Martha Mine. Brian asked whether this would require a Resource Consent?
He also wanted to know how workers in the mine safely navigate the 50 plus kilometres of tunnels beneath Waihi without getting lost?
Exploration at Wharekirauponga is ongoing. Kit explained what has been happening there.
Brian also asked off air about rumoured job cuts. Kit explained that he couldn’t discuss anything at this stage due to ongoing negotiations between workers, OceanaGold and the union. Kit will update us when negotiations are concluded.
Click on our podcast link to hear what Kit Wilson had to say.