Platinum production at Unki Mine for the second quarter to June 30 rose 10 percent to 19 500 ounces compared to 17 800 ounces in the same period last year largely on improved efficiencies at the mine.
Parent company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said in its quarterly update that height control at Unki reduced mining waste, leading to increased grade and higher production.
“Production from Unki mine in Zimbabwe increased by 10% to 19 500 ounces, as efforts continued to improve mining height control, which has reduced mining waste and increased grade resulting in higher production,” said Amplats in a statement.
During the quarter under review, tonnes milled reached 447 000 tonnes up five percent from 426 000 tonnes in 2016.
Grade (4E) also improved two percent to 3.46 g/t compared to 3.38 g/t over the same period in prior year.
Unki’s production for the six months grew five percent to 38.4 oz from 36.4 in the comparable period.
The Shurugwi based mine is one of the country’s three platinum producers, along with Zimplats and Mimosa Mine.-The Source