Doray’s managing director Allan Kelly and WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum Sean L’Estrange.
By Elizabeth Fabri
DORAY Minerals has officially opened Deflector, its second high-grade gold mine, which required just 14 months to bring into production.
On 26 October WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum Sean L’Estrange and Doray managing director Allan Kelly attended a ceremony to officiate the opening, which marked the second project Doray had funded, developed and commissioned within a four year period.
Mr Kelly said the opening of Deflector was ‘transformational’ for the company, after it culminated its first gold pour in May and first shipment of concentrate at the end of June.
“We wouldn’t be celebrating this achievement, once again delivered on time and under budget, without the sustained efforts of our staff, contractors and consultants, and the support of shareholders over the last few years,” Mr Kelly said.
“The team accomplished this while continuing production at Andy Well and maintaining an active exploration program across the company’s exploration portfolio.
“When combined with Andy Well, Deflector is expected to significantly increase our annual production, provide a lower average cost profile with increased operating margins and almost double our mine life.”
The project was currently ramping up production and expected to reach the primary underground ore in early 2017.