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OceanaGold Projects Update

OceanaGold Projects Update

Posted December 04, 2019
Business , Environmental

Kit Wilson called in for a chat about local mining operations with Brian Gentil this morning.

Kit Wilson is about to take on a new job title at OceanaGold and explained that his current role as Senior Community Advisor, where for the last couple of years he has looked after the External Affairs Team, has changed to Senior Communications Advisor. Kit will be based in Waihi but will also undertake work at the Reefton and Macraes mines in the South Island.

OceanaGold has appointed a new External Affairs Manager, a lady called Kym Calderwood, who will be welcomed into her new role at OceanaGold in Waihi on Monday.

Brian asked Kit about Project Martha and whether work was starting. Kit talked about the portals being installed for ventilation and said the company is very close to firming up a mine plan in the Rex area, close to the Waihi CBD.

“We’re taking our time and making sure we know exactly what we’re doing,” Kit said. He also said piezometer holes have been being being drilled and people will see two more piezometer holes being installed at the Waihi Rugby Club car park soon.

Brian asked about silica dust making its way through the mine vents into the air? Kit explained about the difference between types of silica and said the type that can lodge in your lungs doesn’t happen locally. Dust and air is regularly checked and there is nothing coming out that isn’t breathable.

Correnso is likely to be finished at the end of the first quarter of next year, if all goes to plan.

Brian asked about people in high-viz working with survey equipment in Seddon Street recently. He wondered whether that was associated with OceanaGold, which Kit said was OceanaGold checking for subsidence and described what was happening and why.

OceanaGold’s exploration work at Wharekiraupongs has achieved promising results - something has been found, but there are years of work ahead and a mining permit would also be required before a resource consent could be applied for to mine underground there. Kit explained the process ahead.

Brian inquired after the old Wrightson building at the top end of Seddon Street. OceanaGold will not be using it and if anyone has ideas for the building or is interested in taking over the lease, they should talk with OceanaGold.

Brian wondered about work happening over the Christmas period, which Kit said would continue subject to certain limitations regarding power usage, statutory days and other considerations.

When Brian remarked about OceanaGold seeming to have had a good 2019 and asked how 2020 was shaping up, Kit talked about a potential gap that could occur next year due to Correnso winding down and Project Martha not ready to wind up. More discussion will happen next year about that.Kit did say OceanGold is looking forward to 9 or 10 years of work ahead with Project Martha, with similar projections for Wharekirauponga.

To hear the full interview with OceanaGold Senior Communications Advisor Kit Wilson - click play on our podcast link.To find out more about OceanaGold operations visit waihigold.co.nz online