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New owners believe they can restore north-west Queensland’s Century mine site to a place among the world’s top 10 zinc producers through a $113 million tailings reprocessing operation.

New Century Resources today announced the results of a restart feasibility study, completed in collaboration with Sedgman, including detailed economic analysis on a large scale tailings reprocessing operation using existing site infrastructure.

Its board has approved an immediate progression to the construction, refurbishment and re-commissioning phase, with the aim of starting production at Century in July 2018.

Total site-based personnel are expected to reach 135 for construction, and 238 in operations, including crews to operate the associated export facilities at Karumba port and the M.V. Wunma transhipment vessel.

It is expected to cost $50 million to reach production at an initial throughput rate of 8Mpta, with a further $63 million to be invested over a 15 month-period to ramp up to 15Mtpa.

Steady state production would be 507,000tpa of zinc concentrate at 52 per cent zinc over an initial 6.3-year mine life, based on hydraulic mining of the Century tailings deposit only.

The company says defined in-situ zinc deposits at Silver King and East Fault Block, combined with confirmed mineralisation at South Block and Watsons Lode, show clear potential to extend base metal operations beyond that phase.

Based on the operating cost estimates, New Century Resources believes its tailings deposit venture will be the one of the lowest cost primary zinc operations in the world.

New Century proposes to use a specialised contract hydraulic mining company to carry out mining on site, with selection of the preferred contractor to be announced in Q1 2018.

The zinc concentrate produced at the mine and processing site, 250km from Mount Isa, will be is pumped to Karumba via the 304km slurry pipeline used by Century's previous owners.

MMG ended processing operations at Century in early 2016 following depletion of the ore reserves from the original ‘Big Zinc’ ore body.

In March this year, Century Bull entered into binding agreements for the progressive acquisition of the Century zinc mine and all associated infrastructure, including the Karumba port facility.

Attila Resources initially purchased 70 per cent of the project from Century Bull and in July recommenced trading on the ASX under the name New Century Resources.

Thumbs up for Century tailings project

Adani has announced a series of regional Queensland employment roadshows where Downer Group representatives will meet with jobseekers.

Downer Group is the mining contractor for the Carmichael coal project.

“As our project continues to move forward, we are excited to bring regional Queensland workers on board to help us start building our mine, rail and port projects,” Adani chief executive officer and country head Jeyakumar Janakaraj said.

“Groups hoping to stop us have failed, because we have already started.”

So far, there are five confirmed jobseeker events on the calendar, with additional events to be announced in the coming weeks.

Rockhampton and Townsville are the focus for Downer’s mine recruitment efforts, following the recent mine FIFO Hub announcements.

First in line is the Gear Up Rocky Job Readiness Expo on Wednesday, November 29, followed by community engagement outreaches in Woorabinda (November 30), Cherbourg (December 4), Townsville (December 12) and Palm Island (December 13).

The Rockhampton event is open to all with no registration required, while jobseekers looking to attend the Townsville event will need to register with Downer Group.

To register, visit and quote the job number 545214.

Adani announces jobs roadshow
Townsville-based operations manager Damien Scott has held multiple roles within NSS over the years as well as working in the intermodal rail industry.

"Logistics is a dynamic business and is heavily affected by market trends, therefore requires a lot of planning and forward thinking to remain competitive," he says of the sector's appeal. "It keeps the brain active."

Managing operations for NSS stevedoring and logistics businesses sees him cover an
 area spanning from Cairns to Gladstone, with more than 10 direct reports across five sites.

Mr Scott names his most interesting task recently as an emergency job to unpack more than 200 containers of bulk concentrate and re-pack within an extremely short time frame to meet a shipment deadline.

"My team delivered on time for the customer in extremely tough conditions," he said.

When he is not at work, Mr Scott likes to spend time with his family - wife Tavia and children Olivia, Aiden, Owan.

He enjoys watching sport, including his children's activities.

"I’m looking forward to picking up golf again when I get old enough and have time," he said.

The former Kirwan State High School student is a long-time North Queensland Cowboys fan.

"I followed them through the early years when they were getting regular floggings and it’s great to finally enjoy the regular success," he said.

Meet NSS operations manager Damien Scott
The NSS team carried out discharge operations around the clock last weekend when the MV Industrial Swift arrived at Port of Mackay carrying 2600 tonnes of rail line. Unloading for the Mackay portion of cargo (about 2000 tonnes) was completed on Monday. The balance of cargo was destined for Newcastle. "The rail line presented in various lengths, with the largest coming in at over 27m," NSS commercial manager Mitchell Smith said. "In order to handle the larger pieces and ensure stability whilst unloading, the vessel’s cranes were operated in tandem to provide full control of the cargo." NSS Mackay unloads tonnes of track
Cloncurry copper project proponent Altona Mining is merging with Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, with  Altona to become a wholly owned subsidiary of CMMC.

The Cloncurry project, 95km north-east of Mount Isa, has a measured and indicated mineral resource containing almost one million tonnes of copper and an inferred resource of  0.72 million tonnes of copper.

CMMC’s principal asset is the 75 per cent owned Copper Mountain Mine, located in southern British Columbia near the town of Princeton.

Directors and senior management of Altona have agreed to vote in favour of the deal in the absence of a superior proposal and subject to the independent expert concluding it is in the best interest of shareholders.

CMMC will acquire the entire issued capital of Altona, valuing Altona shares at 17 cents.

“We are delighted to join CMMC to form a new high growth copper producer," Altona managing director Dr Alistair Cowden said.

"We are excited to bring CMMC’s depth of experience in constructing and operating a large-scale open-pit copper mine to bear upon the Cloncurry copper project.

"Altona’s shareholders will receive a premium and will also gain immediate exposure to copper production just as copper prices have recovered and market shortfalls are predicted over the near term. This is a great opportunity for our shareholders to participate in the creation of a leading mid-sized copper producer.”

Merger for Cloncurry copper proponent
The start of work on the $215 million Haughton Pipeline project has been marked with a breaking ground ceremony attended by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill.

Townsville City Council says the project, which includes 36km of 1.8m diameter pipeline between the Burdekin and the Ross River Dam, will be completed within 26 months.

The pipeline was funded by the Queensland Government, which provided $225 million to Townsville City Council to improve water security in Townsville – including $10 million for water education programs.

The Premier said Townsville needed a secure water supply to ensure the city kept growing.

“This new pipeline will not only guarantee Townsville’s water supply, it will also be a huge job-creating project," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Townsville Water general manager Scott Moorhead has pledged to work closely with local businesses to ensure they get the largest slice possible of the work on the project.

PHOTO: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill (front) mark the start of pipeline work with Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke, Townsville MP Scott Stewart and Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper.

Townsville pipeline project kicks off