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About: The Higginsville gold mining operation is located about 150 kilometres south of Kalgoorlie and 560 kilometres east of Perth in Western Australia, in the eastern goldfields region. The nearest town being Norseman which is about 46 kilometres to its south. The Higginsville mine comprises two underground mining operations, the Chalice and the Trident, as well as a 1.35 million tonnes a year gold processing plant, all necessary mining infrastructure and a 300 personnel accommodation village.

Metals X Acquired Higginsville Mine in 2014

The Higginsville gold mine was acquired by Australian ASX listed company, Metals X Limited, in September, 2014, from Alacer, with the intention to expand operations at the Trident mine as well as the bringing on line a number of smaller open pits that would lift overall production to about 120,000 ounces of gold a year. The increase in production would make up for the loss that will occur when the Chalice mine eventually closes due to the depletion of available gold at that particular site.

Higginsville Mine Began Production in 1990's

The Higginsville gold mine began production during the 1990's and although its mill ceased production in October, 1997, mining continued at the site until 2000, with its ore being processed at the nearby Chalice gold mine. At this point in time the Higginsville mine was owned by St Ives Gold Mining Company which was a subsidiary of Gold Fields. Gold Fields had previously acquired the St Ives gold mine from WMC Resources in 2001. Gold mining company Avoca purchased the Higginsville project from Gold Fields in 2004.

Higginsville Trident Deposit Discovered in 2004

The Trident gold deposit was discovered by Avoca in the latter half of 2004 and by April, 2007, had embarked on the construction of a new gold mine at Higginsville. Avoca also acquired the Chalice gold deposit from Chalice Gold Mines Limited around the same time.

Gold production at the new Higginsville underground mine commenced in 2008. The first gold pour from the mine occurred on July 1, 2008. Alacer acquired the Higginsville project when it merged with Avoca Resources in the first half of 2011.

Higginsville Gold Processing Plant Uses CIL Technology

The Higginsville gold processing plant uses the carbon- in-leach (CIL) and gravity method of gold recovery and in 2010 produced 166,000 ounces. The plant undertakes the standard crushing, grinding, gravity and CIL circuit process and has been processing ore from the Trident underground mine, the Vine open cut mine and the Chalice underground operations.

Higginsville Reserves Could be Extended at Depth

The Higginsville gold mine lies between the Noresman and St Ives gold mining areas. The Higginsville deposits are part of the famed Yilgarn Craton. Many deposits in this area have been mined historically from the surface but few have been explored to depth, other than the Trident and Chalice deposits. With this in mind the future of the Higginsville gold mine could extend far beyond known current reserves. In July 2010 the Higginsville proven and probable reserves stood at 5.7 million tonnes of gold bearing ore grading at 3.9 grams of gold a tonne which would return 711,000 ounces of gold. By August 2011 this was increased by 10 percent, to return 1.33 million ounces of gold.

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Metals X is a tin producer in Tasmania with 50% ownership of the Blustone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture. With projects in Australia including Mt Bischoff and Renison, both in Tasmania and producing predominately tin. The Collingwood Tin Project near Cooktown in Qld. The Central Musgrave Project more


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