OceanaGold Projects Update
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Posted March 11, 2020
Kit Wilson from OceanaGold joined Brian Gentil for a chat about local operations. Click our podcast link to hear the full interview.
Kit gave a shout out to local medical people for the pampering they gave him after he fell when he was escorted underground and needed a tetanus shot.
Brian asked about the people he saw hanging off a Waikino Bridge last week. Kit explained that Mines Rescue staff were brushing up on their skills.
The last gold pour for a while is imminent. Thursday will be the last gold pour for sometime. From now on the ore brought out from the underground mines through narrow vein mining will be stockpiled to process later in the year.
Brian asked whether the conveyor that stretches over Union Hill is ever started up to keep the ‘gears working’. Kit said the conveyor belt is started up regularly to ensure it is working and the same thing will happen with the Baxter Road Mill, which will be put into ‘care and maintenance’ after the gold pour this Thursday.
Staff numbers have been cut back recently and 17 staff from the processing plant are due to leave this week. Another 10 staff from exploration and geology will be lost and leave around May or June. Most people have been able to find jobs and the company has been working to assist others.
Brian asked why the company is not retrieving as much gold as they can while the gold price is so high at present. “Unfortunately we are not ready to proceed with Project Martha at the moment,” Kit said and explained the process ahead.
A house on the pit rim north wall is no longer. It was taken away late last week. OceanaGold salvaged what they could before the rest was taken away.
The unofficial official Pit Rim Walkway Opening happened last Saturday. Kit recommended anyone who hasn’t had a look at the new alignment takes a walk to check out the view from the top.
There is still no drilling occuring at Wharekirauponga due to a lack of water at the moment. Water is needed for the drills but the water rights for the area preclude taking water when the river levels are low, as they rightly should, Kit said.
To find out more about OceanaGold’s Waihi operation visit www.waihigold.co.nz online and listen to the podcast to hear the full interview.