The refurbished processing plant at a Tasmanian gold mine will employ around 50 mining employees and engage countless suppliers when a project to reprocess tailings begins operations later in the year.
The Hellyer Gold Mine will once again come to life reprocessing tailings from previous operations.
The Hellyer Gold Mine is a subsidiary of NQ Minerals.
The company plans to extract gold, silver, lead and zinc from the tailings in the site’s refurbished processing plant.
The plant is currently being upgraded to house modern technology and processes.
Hellyer expects the plant to be operational by October.
Employees and contractors are currently working on upgrading the processing plant to make it operational after six years under care and maintenance.
The mine was previously owned by Bass Metals.
According to the company, they have commenced remediation work using local contractors on previous operators legacy issues.
When operating, tailings will be pumped from the tailings dam to the processing plant, where the remaining minerals will be extracted for export.
Interestingly, the mine is the first private project in Tasmania to use virtual fencing onsite, whereby a system emits a high pitch sound when a vehicle approaches, scaring any animals away from the road.
The EPA has given approval to operate until at least 2028.