Bulk sample plant build on track

MAYUR Resources’ plans to build a pilot plant at its Orokolo Bay industrial sands project in Gulf Province this year remain firmly on track following the purchase of key plant equipment and mobile machinery.
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Staff Reporter

"The construction, commissioning and operation of the small‐scale bulk sampling pilot plant represent Stage 1 of our joint venture with China Titanium Resources Holdings, (CTRH) which will invest up to $25 million for a 49% stake in the project."
The company says the pilot plant will produce up to 100,000 tonnes of iron ore sands per annum to provide commercial scale test shipments of product to potential off takers. In turn, the company will seek to convert its existing letters of intent into binding long‐term offtake agreements for the planned full‐scale plant in Stage 2 of the joint venture deal.
"Processing for the pilot phase will involve simple near surface sand extraction and mineral separation by low intensity magnets."
Mayur says the inventory is now being delivered to CTRH's facility in China ahead of shipment to PNG and includes process plant equipment including low intensity magnetic separators and mobile machinery including haul trucks, an excavator and a wheel loader.
Fabrication of the steelwork for the project began in China and Mayur is due to undertake acceptance inspections in early February 2020.
Managing director Paul Mulder said he was pleased with the progress on the project which he described as a relatively simple, low impact sand mining operation, with no requirement for chemical processing, grinding or tailings dams.
"The start of this procurement and the associated JV site visit are important steps in the development of the project," Mulder said.
"We also continue to work closely with the Mineral Resources Authority, Gulf Provincial government and the local communities to bring this project into reality."