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Savannah update - Panoramic Resources

Mining News - Published on Wed, 16 Jan 2019

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Panoramic Resources Limited has provided the following update on the Company’s wholly owned Savannah Nickel/Copper/Cobalt Project in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Significant progress has been made on the recommissioning with the first concentrate shipment scheduled for early February 2019. Managing Director Peter Harold said “Activities at site have gathered momentum in the past few months as the recwilmenl of personnel continued and mining and milling operations recommenced after a 2 year hiatus. The team at Savannah have done an outstanding job to recommission both the underground mine and the processing plant and it was fantastic to see ore on the ROM pad and the mill turning again in late December when I visited site. We still need to fill a number of positions, particularly in mining and maintenance, and that, together with some unscheduled events, slowed the ramp up of mining, however we have identified the issues and have plans in place to resolve these. The mill has ramped up to name plate capacity and we have booked our first concentrate ship, which is due to arrive for loading in early February. ”

Underground operations recommenced during the December 2018 quarter with focus on the following activities:
• Recommissioning of underground air, water and electrical services;
• Rehabilitation of previous ground support;
• Production drilling to build-up ROM ore stocks;
• Commencement of mine production activities on the Savannah orebody; and
• Development of the declines across to the Savannah North orebody.

Production from the Savannah North orebody will ultimately replace production from the Savannah orebody in late 2019.

Pre-production and rehabilitation work in October and November were on plan, however the production ramp up in December was slower than forecast due to a combination of factors, including:
• Delays in recruiting various operational and maintenance roles;
• Mobile equipment availability; and
• A severe storm which required personnel to be deployed elsewhere to repair damage and to reinstate services.

The factors impacting ore production during December have either been rectified or plans are in place to resolve them. As at 31 December 2018, there was approximately 17,000t of ore on the ROM pad and another 10,000t of broken stocks underground.

Following the completion of refurbishment work at the end of November, the recommissioning of the process plant commenced in mid-December with first ore run through the mill on 17 December. Despite a number of mechanical and electrical issues being encountered, by early January, mill throughput was exceeding 2,000 tonnes ore per day.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 16 Jan 2019
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