Construction on the gold project is more than 50% complete and the first gold is expected to be produced during the June quarter of 2022

Warrawoona gold project ROM pad

First ore drawn from the Warrawoona gold project is being supplied to the ROM Pad. (Credit: Calidus Resources Limited)

Calidus Resources, an Australian gold exploration company, has commenced mining at its Warrawoona gold project in the Pilbara region in Western Australia.

The company said that it is on track to achieve the first gold production during the June quarter of 2022.

According to Calidus Resources, construction on the gold project is more than 50% complete.

The company said that the extracted ore is now being supplied to the run of mine (ROM) pad to ensure that the production target is achieved as planned.

It also revealed that the primary crusher of the processing plant has been installed. The company has completed 53% of the processing plant, with preliminary works in progress for the installation of a semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill.

Calidus Resources also said that the construction of the tailings dam associated with the Warrawoona gold project is moving forward rapidly.

Calidus Resources managing director Dave Reeves said: “Delivery of first ore to the ROM pad is always an important marker in a project’s development and confirms we are on track to be Australia’s next gold producer.

“As we complete the tailings dam, will we open up the mining area in preparation for the main mining equipment, which is due to arrive in Q1 2022.”

The Warrawoona gold project is located nearly 150km southeast of Port Hedland and around 25km southeast of Marble Bar. The gold project is forecast to have a production of up to 105,000oz per year, which could be potentially ramped up to 139,000oz per year after developing the nearby Blue Spec deposit.

The gold project has a pre‐production capital cost of AUD120m ($88.07m), which includes contingency and pre‐production mining costs. It will use both open-pit and underground mining methods.

Earlier this year, Calidus Resources had awarded a contract worth AUD75.5m ($55.41m) to GR Engineering Services pertaining to the Warrawoona gold project. The contract is for the design and construction of the process plant and related infrastructure.