Red River Resources has hit a sweet spot at its Far West underground mine in North Queensland, reporting exceptionally high-grade polymetallic ore.
Consistent production from Far West is driving metal production at Red River’s Thalanga operations, with the site achieving record quarterly copper concentrate production last quarter of 4,073 dry metric tonnes.
The company said today exceptionally high-grade polymetallic ore had been intersected and mined recently on 620 Level of the underground mine.
Cut 26 in the 620 Level Western Ore Drive intersected massive and semi massive sulphide ore, with a face grade of 4.7m at 4.9 per cent copper, 6.2 per cent lead, 22 per cent zinc, 168 g/t silver and 1 g/t gold.
Cut 36 in the 620 Level Eastern Ore Drive intersected massive and semi massive sulphide ore, with a face grade of 3.1m at 3.5 per cent copper, 6.4 per cent lead, 12.7 per cent zinc, 99 g/t silver and 0.6 g/t gold.
The cuts were mined on October 20 and October 30.
“It is reassuring to be developing through some really high-grade areas and good to see that the metal is in the resource and will be able to be extracted,” Red River Resources managing director Mel Palancian said.
Far West came into production late last year and was the second mine to be brought online by Red River at Thalanga, following the successful development of the West 45 mine in 2017.
Mr Palancian said Red River was planning resource extension drilling for the Far West deposit as well as exploration drilling around Thalanga before Christmas.