Gold Ridge warns of over­flow at tail­ings stor­age fa­cil­ity

Kalgoorlie Miner - - MINE TALK -

Aus­tralian-based gold pro­ducer St Bar­bara has re­leased a no­tice to share­hold­ers via the Aus­tralian Se­cu­ri­ties Ex­change to warn of a likely over­flow at its Gold Ridge tail­ings stor­age fa­cil­ity in the Solomon Is­lands.

The an­nounce­ment, re­leased on be­half of Gold Ridge Min­ing — a wholly-owned sub­sidiary of St Bar­bara — was posted as a warn­ing to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties of over­flow from the fa­cil­ity’s spill­way dur­ing the wet sea­son. Gold Ridge said the Solomon Is­lands Gov­ern­ment had not given the ap­provals re­quired to un­der­take a con­trolled re­lease of wa­ter from fa­cil­ity and called for ac­tion to pre­vent the risk of wa­ter over­flow­ing the spill­way.

The company has been in dis­cus­sion with the Solomon Is­lands Gov­ern­ment and its ad­vi­sors re­gard­ing the fa­cil­ity since Septem­ber 1 when it sub­mit­ted a de­wa­ter­ing plan for ap­proval. Given the ab- sence to date of any Gov­ern­ment ap­proval for de­wa­ter­ing, Gold Ridge says it has been left with no al­ter­na­tive but to is­sue lo­cal ad­ver­tise­ments and post warn­ings to com­mu­ni­ties.

The wa­ter treat­ment plant at Gold Ridge was de­stroyed by van­dals for a sec­ond time this year in Au­gust.

Gold Ridge has there­fore rec­om­mended that the Gov­ern­ment ap­prove a con­trolled re­lease of un- treated wa­ter by pump­ing it di­rectly into the Ti­nahulu River.

Op­er­a­tions at Gold Ridge were sus­pended in April be­cause of tor­ren­tial rain­fall and flood­ing.

The company was un­able to re­sume pro­duc­tion be­cause of a num­ber of fac­tors, in­clud­ing the loss of sta­ble bridge ac­cess across the Ti­nahulu River and the con­tin­ued pres­ence of large num­bers of il­le­gal min­ers camped in the open pit min­ing ar­eas.

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