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MINING MATTERS – SouthernEra Ramps up Messina Platinum Plant

SouthernEra Resources of Toronto has successfully commissioned its Messina platinum concentrator in the eastern lim...


SouthernEra Resources of Toronto has successfully commissioned its Messina platinum concentrator in the eastern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex. Phase I of the 90,000-tonnes/month plant began treating low-grade ore on Sept. 13 and will be ramped up to normal ore grades by the end of the month. The cost of the concentrator was US$16 million, $2 million under budget.

SouthernEra holds 70.4% of the US$86-million Messina underground mine and mineral processing plant. The project has a mineral resource base of 86.59 million tonnes grading 5.7 g/t PGE plus gold. Initial output is expected to be 159,000 ounces annually at an average operating cost of US$150/oz. The Messina project is located 25 km from the Klipspringer diamond mine, in which SouthernEra has a 50% interest.

Full details are available at www.SouthernEra.com.


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