From New Era
B2Gold Namibia says the construction phase of its Otjikoto project is on schedule and within budget although ore grade material will not be mined until December this year.
“It is expected that a major portion of the work on the tailings facility will be completed by the end of the year. The entire tailings facility project will encompass 1.5 million cubic meters of earth movement”, said Gretha du Plessis, the public relations manager for B2Gold Namibia. She added that the tailings team is 40 percent complete with placing the impermeable liner in the entire tailings dam, which will be a lined facility with an area of approximately 140 hectares.
Excavation at the mill area is 85 percent complete and a concrete batch plant has been erected to assist with the pouring of foundations. A total of about 15 000 cubic metres of concrete will be poured during the construction and some of the office buildings for the mill area have already been completed by an Otavi contractor. Most of the equipment and supplies to build the mill have been ordered and some are already en route.
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