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Mt Lyell to add 50 jobs

THE Mt Lyell mine’s owner says it is positive about a return to mining and will add about 50 contract jobs soon.

Production at the Queenstown mine was halted last summer after three mine deaths.

It was to resume in July, but that was scuppered by an underground rock fall and the mine closed, costing more than 200 jobs.

However, owner Vedanta Copper Mines of Tasmania has not given up on Mt Lyell.

Project and site manager Jared DeRoss said it had about 40 people working full-time at the site.

“Vedanta CMT is making substantial ongoing investment to explore, evaluate, care and maintain the site, because it is very positive about the future prospects here at Mt Lyell,” Mr DeRoss said.

“Mines require a large investment to set up and the work required to make an informed decision about this investment takes time.”

He said job numbers were expected to increase by about 50 contractor positions for six months.

They related to tailings dam projects and diamond drilling programs.

“Work at Mt Lyell at the moment includes care and maintenance activities, environmental works and project evaluations and exploration,” Mr DeRoss said.

“The care and maintenance activities include operating and maintaining pumping infrastructure for the ongoing dewatering of the underground workings, maintaining and periodically operating all plant assets, including crushers, conveyors and mills.

“All of this work is to ensure that the underground mine and all plant are ready to go for production.”

Environmental work included securing potentially acid-generating waste rock and mine tailings to prevent pollution before resumption of production.

That included about $6 million worth of tailings dam projects to ensure environmental obligations were met and there was enough space in the tailings dam to resume production.

Mr DeRoss said project evaluations and exploration work were about seeing how best to realise the mining lease’s potential.

“This includes the definition drilling and evaluation of known and previously unmined resources and the search for completely new resources.”

The company was committed to a $5 million exploration program.

“It has retained a team of geologists and engineers to continue the search for new resources on the lease and apply new ideas to evaluate the feasibility of mining resources that have not been mined previously,” Mr DeRoss said.

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