Junior miner Heron Resources (ASX:HRR) is now a zinc and copper producer with the start of its Woodlawn mine.

The milestone propelled shares up nearly 12 per cent to 62c on Wednesday morning.

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The company is now focusing on the ramp-up to full production of 1.5 million tonnes per annum.

Based on the current reserves, the project is expected to produce 40,000t of zinc, 10,000t of copper, 12,000t of lead, 900,000oz of silver and 4,000oz of gold over an initial mine life of 9.3 years.

But Heron says there is “significant potential” for mine life extensions by converting more of the high-grade underground resources to reserves and further exploration success.

Stockhead is finding out just how long ramp-up is expected to take and how much Heron expects to produce this year.


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