Far West is the down dip extension of the Thalanga West mineralisation, and is classified as volcanogenic-massive-sulphide (VHMS) style of mineralisation where copper, zinc, lead and silver mineralisation is found associated with a suite of sulphide minerals.
Far West is located approximately 500m from the Thalanga Mill and 1km from the West 45 Mine. The deposit remains open at depth and along strike, and further resource extension drilling is planned to take place.
Far West is an UG mechanised mine with an estimated mine life in excess of 5 years. Far West has a current Ore Reserve of 1.4Mt @ 1.4% Cu, 1.7% Pb, 5.1% Zn, 0.3 g/t Au & 49 g/t Ag (12.6% Zn Eq.) and a Mineral Resource of 1.7Mt @ 1.6% Cu, 2.2% Pb, 6.4% Zn, 0.3 g/t Au & 61 g/t Ag (15.3% Zn Eq.)
Development activities commenced at the Far West Portal in May 2018, and first ore from Far West was processed through Thalanga in March 2019.
UG ore production has successfully ramped up to the design 30-40,000 tonnes per month level in early 2020.
Far West Development (as at January 2020)
Far West Mine Portal