These are stopes surrounded by previously mined and backfilled stopes on at least two sides.
Those tertiary stopes are located in the historic checkerboard area of the Nifty orebody.
Dilution from those tertiary stopes is continuing to prove hard to handle and MetalsX believes it will continue to impact both grade and production until ore can be sourced from outside the checkerboard.
That is why it is keen to move into previously undeveloped western and eastern extensions of the orebody.
Development and the installation of the associated mine services are advancing into those new production areas.
As MetalsX implements its mine plan it is expected the overall grade of ore mined will continue improve as additional stopes come on line from outsid...