Mount Morgan Mine Project
Mount Morgan is a gold and copper tailings project, located 38km south-west of Rockhampton, Queensland.
Historically, Mount Morgan was in production from 1883 to 1981 and for a time was the largest gold mine in the world. Between 1981 and 1991, 28Mt of tailings was re-treated before operations were suspended due to low gold prices and high cyanide costs. The Mount Morgan tenements include thirty mining leases of around 677 hectares, which are wholly owned by Norton. An agreement has been renewed with the Department of Natural Resources and Mining regarding the responsibility between the organisations for rehabilitation.
Norton has worked with several companies through the year reviewing different technological treatment options for this project. A previous feasibility study undertaken by the Company outlined a two-stage approach. Stage 1 involved the production of gold only and Stage 2 involved the addition of a flotation circuit and the production of gold and a pyrite concentrate with copper and gold credits. The Stage 1 plan would relocate the refurbished and reconfigured parts of the former Kundana mill, (acquired by Norton with the Paddington mine assets), from Kalgoorlie to Mount Morgan. The plant capacity of 1Mtpa is considered readily achievable for tailings feed. The different treatment techniques tested also intend to use that plant and the successful process would add its proprietary equipment.