WPG Resources Ltd (ASX:WPG) advised that the first stope firing in Challenger Deeps was undertaken overnight.
This milestone marks the transition from mining in the upper areas of the mine which has been dominated by remnant mining to mining of virgin areas below the 215 shear.
Initial production will focus on the M2 structures to be followed by the M1 lodes as development progresses. These lodes have been successfully mined above the shear at high grades over the 15 year mine life at Challenger. Drilling undertaken as part of stope design is indicating that these lodes will continue to perform in Challenger Deeps.
As development and the increase in the stoping tonnes delivered from Challenger Deeps continue, there has also been excellent high grade ore delivered from Tarcoola to the Challenger mill. This high grade ore has been successfully processed after blending with Challenger ore. Recent ore parcels mined and delivered to Challenger have graded up to 12 g/t gold in the higher grade zones.
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