In 2019, WIM excavated a test pit as part of its Definitive Feasibility Study. Over 11,000 tonnes of ore was removed and processed through a pilot scale Demonstration Wet Concentration Plant, at the mine site.
The test pit trials confirmed:
WIM partnered with world-leading mineral sands processing specialists, Mineral Technologies to design & construct the Demonstration Plant. Following a safe & rapid construction & commission - the plant ran smoothly for over six months of stable production.
WIM produced over 800 tonnes of premium quality, Zircon-rich HMC - and is now completed further downstream engineering studies, as input into the DFS.
The Demonstration plant trials confirmed:
The completion of the Demonstration Plant has now set a robust foundation for WIM to complete a BFS and position the project to come on line in coming years.
Avonbank Ore Cut via truck & shovel
Avonbank Ore Stockpile - shaped by Dozer
WIM Team members inspect the ore face
RHS - WIM CEO Eddy Wu and Michael Winternitz (Project Manager)
WIM Resource Board & Team Members
Demonstration Plant - late 2019 - fully operational