That is more of an accounting term than an actual mining one, however. In MMG's first quarter production report, Dugald River produced 28,522 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate from commissioning activities in the three months to March 31.
Dugald River is expected to produce between 120,000t and 140,000t of zinc in concentrate in 2018.
When fully operational the Dugald River mine should be a top-10 global zinc mine.
The operation will process an average 1.7 million tonnes per annum of ore to produce 170,000t of zinc in concentrate plus by-products.
The mine is expected to have a 25 year mine life, although the ore body remains open at depth.
Dugald River was commissioned on November 8 and the first shipment of 10,500 wet metric tonnes left the ...