W Resources PLC (LON:WRES) shares rose on Tuesday as it told investors that the first feed of ore into the newly installed jig and mill plant at the La Parrilla tungsten mine in Spain has taken place.
“The next step is construction completion of the new Concentrator Plant in June and commencement of commissioning in July,” said Michael Masterman, W Resources chairman.
“Great progress has been made by the team which keeps us on-track to ramp-up to design production capacity of 200 tonnes per month by the end of 2019,” he added.
The company noted the role that the plant plays in the mine’s ore processing. It explained to investors that the jig and mill takes ore crushed to less than 10mm whilst rejecting waste, efficiently increasing the grade that’s fed into the concentrator plant.
Work on a new large scale concentrator plant continues and completion is expected in June, with commissioning following in July.
Masterman added: “it is important to clarify that commissioning a metallurgical plant is not a turn of a key process. In the jig and mill plant alone there are two jigs, two roll mills, a thickener, reject disposal system, ten screens and feeders, nine conveyors, five pumps, and over 50 motors which need to be started, aligned and tied into an integrated control system."
He said; “The team has done an outstanding job commissioning the plant and achieving first jigged concentrate."
In afternoon trading, shares in W Resources were 4.5% higher at 0.47p.
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