Thalanga

Thalanga Overview

Red River’s 100%-owned Thalanga Base Metal Operation (Thalanga) is 55km west of Charters Towers in Northern Queensland, Australia.

 

History

A polymetallic massive sulphide deposit was discovered at Thalanga in 1975 and production commenced in 1989. The pre-mining resource was 6.35 Mt @ 2.2% Cu, 3.9% Pb, 12.3% Zn, 99 g/t Ag & ~1-2 g/t Au, and the Thalanga deposit had open pit and underground operations. Production from the Thalanga deposit ceased in 1998, and until 2005, the Thalanga mill processed 3.2Mt of high-grade copper ore from the nearby Highway-Reward deposit.

Kagara acquired Thalanga in 2006, and restarted production, initially processing copper ore from the Balcooma deposit, then refurbishing the Thalanga mill to treat polymetallic massive sulphide ore from Thalanga, producing separate copper, lead and zinc concentrates.

Red River acquired Thalanga from Kagara’s liquidators in 2014.

Red River’s Operations

Far West is the main source of ore for the Thalanga Mill until Red River brings the  Liontown deposit online.

Thalanga consists of a 650ktpa capacity milling facility which produces separate copper, lead and zinc concentrates.Thalanga employs approximately 160 employees and contractors on a local residential basis and the majority of the workforce resides in Charters Towers.

Power at Thalanga is supplied by a 66kV connection to the Queensland power grid. The site water requirements are supplied from on site water storages and recycling water used in the processing plant. Thalanga also sources additional water from a bore field.

 

Liontown

Red River is currently developing Liontown as Red River’s third mine at Thalanga. Liontown will be an open pit / UG mine with a conceptual mine life of 10+ years. The Liontown Mineral Resource is 4.1Mt @ 0.6% Cu, 1.9% Pb, 5.9% Zn, 1.1 g/t Au & 29 g/t Ag (12.7% Zn Eq.). Red River has increased the Liontown Project Mineral Resource by 115% since acquisition, with the discovery of Liontown East and the completion of a drilling program in 2019. The deposit is open at depth and strike with significant potential for further Mineral Resource increases.

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