Heron Resources has awarded two key mine tailings contracts for works at its Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project in New South Wales.

National Pump & Energy (NPE) has won the contract to provide a complete hydraulic mining equipment package including main and standby track mounted, remote controlled water monitors, water delivery pumps, slurry pumps, screens and associated infrastructure including strategic spares and consumables.

The second contract was awarded to Paragon Tailings Australia (Paragon) for the provision of process design, mining planning, construction supervision and support, operator training and personnel to support the tailings reclamation operations.

Heron’s Managing Director, Wayne Taylor, said, “Heron is pleased to have facilitated the combination of NPE and Paragon to provide an integrated solution for the supply of equipment and services for tailings mining at Woodlawn. These contract awards ensure that Heron’s tailings mining operation will utilise an efficient equipment design with locally available support, operated and supervised by experienced and capable project partners who will also provide training for our own personnel.”

Heron’s Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project in New South Wales is currently under construction and due to being commissioning at the end of 2018.

The Woodlawn Project includes both reprocessing of 9.5Mt of historic tailings from the previous operations (1978 until 1998), in addition to the processing of fresh ore from underground mining.

The key technical elements of Heron’s tailings reprocessing operation include hydraulic mining reclamation, and sequential differential flotation of copper, lead and zinc to concentrates.

The mining reclamation rates for the tailings ore will be at a rate of 190tph using remote controlled water cannons, an efficient and cost effective mining method. 

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