Schematic of the crushing and material handling system for the expanded Neves-Corvo mine.
PORTUGAL – Lundin Mining Corp. of Toronto has completed a feasibility study for a 50% expansion program at its Neves-Corvo zinc mine in the Alentejo district.
The €257 million project includes the installation of a new underground crusher and conveyor system, upgrades to the existing production shaft, expansion of the zinc plant, plus expansion of the tailings management area and other site infrastructure. The changes will facilitate the mining of the deeper, high grade Lombador orebody.
After the expansion, annual zinc production will peak at more than 180,000 tonnes and average 150,000 t/y from 2020 through 2030. Lead output will be increased, too. Environmental approval is expected in Q3 2017, and Lundin expects to begin construction for the expansion in Q1 2018. The larger zinc plant will be commissioned and ramped up by the end of 2019.
More information, including reserves and resources, for Neves-Corvo is available at www.LundinMining.com.