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Westgold begins wet commissioning of Murchison's Tuckabianna process plant

Westgold Resources Ltd. said March 26 that it began wet commissioning of the Tuckabianna process plant, part of its Murchison gold project in Western Australia.

The company, which acquired the Tuckabianna plant for A$8.5 million in cash and shares in June 2017, refurbished the plant over six months to operate toward a rate of up to 1.4 million tonnes per annum.

Initial feed for the process plant will consist of a low-grade stock blended with Comet underground mine ore. The company is planning a major output increase for 2020 when ore production from the Big Bell underground mine will dominate throughput.

The commissioning of the stripping and gold room processes is expected to be completed by the end of the month, coinciding with the production of the first gold bar. Commercial production is slated to start April 1.