Far West is the down dip extension of the Thalanga West volcanogenic polymetallic massive sulphide (VHMS) deposit. The key minerals of economic importance contained in the massive sulphide mineralisation are chalcopyrite (copper sulphide, Cu FeS2), galena (lead sulphide, PbS) and sphalerite (zinc sulphide, ZnFeS). The massive sulphide mineralisation also contains material quantities of silver and gold.
Far West is located approximately 500m from the Thalanga Mill
Far West Decline Portal
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 September 2020)
Far West Mine UG Face Sampling
Drill Jumbo in UG Development at Far West