Western Australian miner Panoramic Resources will reach a welcome milestone next week, loading the first shipment from its Savannah nickel mine site in more than 18 months.
Between 9000 and 10,000 tonnes of nickel, copper and cobalt concentrate will be loaded on to the MV Merwedegracht at Wyndham Port between December 20 and December 27, before setting sail to China for offtake partner Jinchuan.
East Kimberley company Cambridge Gulf Limited will load the ship.
It marks the first shipment from the company’s Savannah nickel mine — located about 100km north of Halls Creek — since it suspended operations in April 2020 because of operational challenges and uncertainty brought about from COVID-19.
The company announced its reopening plans in April after a year in limbo, before restarting production in October.
Panoramic managing director and chief executive Victor Rajasooria said while the company had faced labour challenges because of WA’s tightened border restrictions with the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland, the project was on track for increased production in 2022.
“Concentrate production is continuing as planned and is being supported by stockpiled ore at the surface,” he said.
“We are managing subsequent labour accessibility issues caused by the current border restrictions and are seeing the benefit of our ore stockpile strategy.. we expect conditions to improve in February.
“Our grade control drill program is returning strong results that support the resource model, giving us greater confidence as we ramp up stoping activities in coming months.”
Panoramic’s next shipment is expected in mid-February.