Mwana Africa is back at normal throughput at its Freda Rebecca gold mine in Zimbabwe following the disruption from a leach tank leak in February.
Mwana said it is currently operating an interim solution to achieve full production, but expects to get back to an optimal tank configuration of tanks 1, 2 and 3 over the next few months.
During March a total of 50,000 tonnes of ore was milled at a grade of 2.5 grams per tonne (g/t) achieving a recovery of 80.2%. Modifications made to the processing circuit meant the mills ran at lower capacity during March and February.
Zimbabwe’s Mines Inspectorate has completed its preliminary investigation report, said Mwana, and had provided recommendations for the required structural tank repairs.
Freda has, in addition, reviewed its internal standards for pressure and storage vessels, while monitoring of the discharges into the drainage canal have shown these have returned to acceptable levels.
Mwana Africa PLC is a pan-African resources company involved in the production, development and exploration of gold, nickel, copper and diamonds. Mwana has operations in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and exploration interests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe, Angola and Botswana. The group has a growing resource base which currently stands at over 4.9Moz of gold and over 380Kt of nickel, an exciting exploration and development pipeline underpinned by production, and, strategic relationships with China International Mining Group Corporation, Hailiang and Glencore.