A cleanout and preservation program at the Central Gawler Mill has turned up more than 10 tonnes of gold bearing material for Barton Gold, which has been sent off for processing and sale. 

Proving comprehensively that a proper clean up can be good for the soul – and the bottom line – Barton Gold (ASX:BGD) has pushed the brooms right through the mill, carefully cataloguing and cleaning as it went.

Barton had the gold room and gravity circuit fully disassembled, with floors and sumps stripped and all structural components and equipment thoroughly cleaned before being placed in secure storage for later re-installation.

The ball mills were also fully stripped of lifters and liners, and thoroughly cleaned.

An estimated 10+ tonnes of gold bearing materials have been recovered, which have now been dispatched for safe keeping, and will be processed and sold off in 2023 – adding a few bob to the bottom line for BGD along the way.

That’s on top of the $1m Barton has coming from ABC Bullion for the initial 379oz of gold it offloaded on 30 June this year – the balance of which is still to be received following final processing.

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It’s a ringing endorsement for detailed and careful management of a gold operation, and one that Barton MD Alex Scanlon is clearly happy about undertaking, having brought WFS Maintenance Resources in to do the hard graft on the project.

“Removing the gravity circuit, gold room and mill liners secures significant high-value materials for our shareholders, preserves high-value components, and allows us to optimise the gravity circuit superstructure and flowsheet prior to restart,” Scanlon said.

“Our thanks to WFS Maintenance Resources for a safe and efficient project execution.”

Meanwhile and elsewhere for Barton…

It’s not the only exciting work Barton is currently undertaking, as work continues at the company’s Tunkillia and Tarcoola projects.

At Tunkilla, Barton recently revealed a major drilling program at Tunkillia targeting extensions of the 965koz 223 deposit and the new Area 51 gold zone, which has the potential to substantially grow the resource, through plunging zones of higher-grade mineralisation.

Meanwhile, Barton’s recently acquired tenement at Tarcoola – a stone’s throw from the mill – is highly prospective, sitting on the site of the Tarcoola gold rush producing ~77koz Au at an average ~37.5g/t Au between 1900 and 1955, and the open pit Perseverance Mine which during 2018 sent an average ~3.8g/t Au.





This article was developed in collaboration with Barton Gold, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.


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