AUSTRALIA – CBH RESOURCES of Sydney has moved up work to restart base metal production at the famous Broken Hill site in New South Wales. CBH has been exploring the property for several years and is developing the Rasp zinc-lead mine parallel to the original Broken Hill workings.
The scheduled start-up date for the Rasp mine has been moved up to August 2008. The company says the decline is advancing satisfactorily and that it has purchased a used ball mill. Plans call for the milling of 750,000 t/y to produce 65,000 t/y 50% zinc concentrate and 35,000 t/y 70% lead concentrate. Before underground mining begins, the high-grade remnant ore from the Kintore pit is being trucked to the Endeavor mine for treatment. That ore grades over 20% Zn plus Pb and 200 g/t Ag.
CBH has outlined 10 million t grading 4.9% Zn, 3.5% Pb and 43.0 g/t Ag of previously unmined resources in the Western mineralization system. Additional information about Consolidated Broken Hill is available at www.CBHResources.com.au.