Last year, Glencore said it would take away mine control from contractor Thiess and has now restarted the open cut operation as owner-operator while full production is expected by the end of 2014, according to Australian Mining.

Since September, the mine has been closed as Glencore intended to deploy larger mining equipment and a new mining plan to keep the operation viable with new employee contracts.

Initially, work the mine will be carried out by around 50 employees and will significantly enhance the employees numbers up to 250 by the end of the year. cites Glencore spokesperson as saying that the company has made substantial changes aimed to reverse two years of financial losses.

"The changes are needed to give the mine its best chance of a long-term future, provide ongoing employment to significant numbers of people, and flow-on benefits to a variety of local businesses and the wider community," spokesperson added.

"The mine has now restarted operations, and we are pleased to have been able to demonstrate that we are doing what we said we would do by delivering on our commitment to support the local community."