Panoramic Resources’ Savannah nickel project has reported an improvement in mining activities during March 2019 – a turnaround result after a poor February performance.
A total of 41,886 tonnes of ore was hauled together with 27,448 tonnes of waste, resulting in a combined total of 69,334 tonnes in March.
Rail and containerised cargo volumes, meanwhile, continue to grow at the Port of Savannah with an increase of 15.5 per cent.
Mining operations benefited from the paste plant being fully commissioned in addition to re-optimised planning and scheduling, improved equipment availability, improved explosive quality and the implementation of various production improvement initiatives.
“To have handled this level of intermodal volume, while reducing time it takes for a container to move between rail and vessel operations, is a big win for our customers. We are just beginning to see this port’s capabilities,” said Georgia Ports Authority director Griff Lynch.
Mining and milling production is forecast to increase to 60,000-65,000 tonnes of ore per month in the June 2019 quarter.
Additional improvements made to mobile equipment availability, mining stops online and a ramp up in volume of paste filling underground, will assist in achieving the estimated production.
Panoramic’s ore production in January 2019 approached its forecast, but only fulfilled 60 per cent of the February target.
The Western Australian mining company was founded in 2001 for the purpose of developing the Savannah nickel project in East Kimberly.
Apart from nickel, copper and cobalt inventory at the Savannah Project, Panoramic has diversified its resources by including platinum group metals and gold.