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EVOLUTION mining has moved closer to increasing throughput at its Cowal gold operation near West Wyalong, New South Wales and is unleashing hackers on its data sets to further improve operations at Cowal and two more of its mines.

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Approval has been received for plant throughput increases at Cowal and a hackathon is looking at improving truck cycle times there too.

The company has received NSW Department of Planning and Environment approval to increase the Cowal plant processing rate 31% from 7.5 million tonnes per annum to 9.8Mtpa.

The approval came sooner than expected.

Key features of the $40 million to $45 million capital expenditure for the processing rate modification include:

  • Implementing a secondary crushing circuit at the processing plant; and  
  • Developing an integrated waste landform to aid tailings storage over the life of the mine.

Detailed feasibility studies are being finalised and, with regulatory approval granted sooner than expected, there is potential to bring forward the internal approvals for the expansion to the March 2019 quarter.

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