EQ Resources achieves monthly concentrate production record at Mt Carbine

Bags of tungsten concentrate ready for transport.
Bags of tungsten concentrate ready for transport.

EQ Resources (ASX:EQR) has achieved a new monthly concentrate production record at its Mt Carbine tungsten mine in Far North Queensland.

Mt Carbine produced 110t of 50% tungsten concentrate, nearly twice the June monthly production, driven by processing of first primary ore from the Andy white open pit.

EQ Resources is pleased that the head-grade of the initial open pit production and grade control drilling met expectations announced in mid-July in the ‘Confirmation of Initial Ore Reserve Section at Mt Carbine’ release.

Understanding the mining of the ore body with successive blasts is leading to increased efficiency and handling through the four-stage treatment process which incorporates crushing, screening, gravity treatment and high tech XRT ore sorting.

EQ Resources chief executive Kevin MacNeill said the Mt Carbine team have hit their stride.

“The team at Mt Carbine have hit their stride. They have trusted the process and are now seeing the rewards of their focused efforts,” he said.

“This is the first month that we have mined in the Andy White open pit. We are satisfied with the performance of the processing plant which will ramp up processing of primary ore over the coming months while substituting low-grade stockpile feed materials to have a blended, consistent feed to the processing plant.

“We are particularly excited by the performance of our two Tomra sorters which are designed to operate in tandem and handle 120t of primary ore per hour.”

Planned ramp-up of mining and processing is continuing to further increase production and EQ Resources is confident is achieving a targeted level of steady-state production at Mt Carbine.