FROM the air the scale of the G6M tungsten mine becomes clear. As work continues ahead of the restart later this year, the sheer size and expanse of the project is taking shape at Grassy.
The latest construction project is the processing plant shed. As King Islanders really know how to put up sheds, using locals to construct the G6M main processing plant shed was an easy call for the company. Bison out of Scottsdale in Tasmania was the Tasmanian supplier and the giant steel puzzle pieces are currently being assembled. The shed will be used for tungsten concentrate dressing and drying prior to export.
The construction of the crusher bin and other processing facilities are also under way as development of the processing site progresses. In November 2021 G6M announced that they had awarded a $49 million contract to Gekko Systems located in regional Victoria for the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the mine’s processing plant and associated facilities during the redevelopment of its wholly owned Dolphin tungsten mine at Grassy.
Offering significant cost benefits and a low environmental footprint; Gekko process designers customise self-contained high recovery plants for minimal start-up capital, using high-quality components and in-house expertise. These flexible modular plants are engineered to deliver super-efficient, environmentally friendly recoveries. Mine production is due to start in the first quarter of next year.