OceanaGold Projects Update
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Posted June 11, 2020
Kit Wilson from OceanaGold was able to call into the studio for a chat with Brian Gentil for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown happened.
With colder temperatures water vapour that used to come out of a vent on Union Hill is currently coming out of a portal in the Martha pit. Kit explained what and why people may seeing what is often mistaken as smoke. He also told Brian there is now a second portal in Martha Pit. The portals are being used as ventilation for the underground mines.
Brian asked about the length of underground workings and where they are.
Currently OceanaGold is narrow vein mining, chasing the veins at the top of the Correnso mine. Kit talked about triple decking, vibration that people may be feeling at present and explained some of the process involved in this type of mining.
Brian brought up the court proceedings occurring as recently as yesterday. No decision has been made regarding the judicial review instigated by a group who objected to the sale of two farms near Waihi for tailings storage.
Brian asked where the mining company is at presently and what is ahead from the second half of 2020 and what can be expected from July to December.
The mill is still not operational and now that two new sophisticated jumbo machines have been bought the company is getting ready for Project Martha in the pit and ramping up to doing almost a kilometre of tunnels per month.
Wharekirauponga is still in the sights and the company is always looking for opportunities. Kit said, “it’s highly likely that within the not too distant future we’ll be coming to the community and saying…we think we’ve found something else, what do you think about this? Can you help us with this idea? How do we go? I would hope well before the end of the year we’ll be able to have those sorts of conversations with the community.”
Project Martha is on target. A new drill rig will be being put on the council owned verge near the Baptist Church on Kenny Street very soon.
More details will be sent out when the community meetings for Project Martha and Correnso are finalised.
Kit has been up in a helicopter taking photos of the pit and storage area from the air which will be provided to tourist organisations and media who request photos.
Brian mentioned how people were let go from their jobs just a few months ago and now OceanaGold is rehiring. He asked what the number comparisons are regarding those let go and those hired.
Kit explained why this is saying the company can now invest in more infrastructure and staff now that they know they have a good 10 years work ahead of them.
Brian also asked about the male to female ratio of mine workers. Kit talked about the jobs and innovations in mining that allow women to succeed in the industry. Although there are not that many women working locally OceanaGold is actively recruiting women.
Brian asked about blast vibration monitors in the CBD last time he spoke with Kit who has now found out that there are monitors placed near the pensioner flats to the east of the Poppet Head and another one in the alleyway beside Mountain Fresh on Haszard Street.
To hear the full interview with Kit Wilson from OceanaGold about local mining operations - click on our podcast link.