Orion Minerals announced that, following positive studies at the Prieska copper-zinc project, the company has moved to secure specific mills.
Orion Minerals (ASX:ORN) announced that, following the successful conclusion of value engineering studies on the ore processing plant design and layouts for the Prieska copper-zinc project, the company has moved to secure specific mills required to realise the identified improvements via an option agreement.
Highlights are as follows:
- Success in ore processing value engineering studies culminates in securing the right to purchase mills, that are normally long-lead items for the Prieska copper-zinc project.
- The option secured, is over a pair of SAG and ball malls ideally suited to the Prieska ore and could realise a significant project capital cost saving.
- Revised processing plant layout provides for significant improvements in the planned capital expenditure, operating costs and plant operability
Errol Smart, managing director, commented:
We are very pleased that we can now begin to lock in the anticipated project optimisations with associated positive CAPEX and OPEX savings. The plant optimisation studies progressed alongside studies on improved water treatment and optimisation of our mine-to-market schedule, all of which are now nearing completion.
The successful metallurgical optimisation of the process flowsheet has culminated in securing the right to purchase two new mills which are available at a significant discount to mills which would otherwise have to be placed on order as a long-lead item. These optimisations all promise to deliver an uplift on the already excellent investment case for the Prieska project.