The Raleigh underground mine – part of the East Kundana Joint Venture (EKJV) between Northern Star Resources and Rand and Tribune, will be placed on care and maintenance as of April 2020.
Its believed the firing of stoping panels in January 2020 caused a significant seismic response around the 6000 – 5049 levels. This event has resulted in substantial damage and is cause for significant rehabilitation to occur. The report to the Australian Stock Exchange today also advised there were no personnel underground at the time of the stope firing.
Management of the EKJV recommended the mine take on care and maintenance in April 2020 to have time to conduct a detailed assessment before looking at the potential to recommence operations. The southern mining area has been deemed unsafe and is now excluded from all underground activity. By placing the mine into care and maintenance this will allow an independent mining consultant to be engaged to complete a review into the seismic event and mining plan.
Mining at the other deposits within the EKJV is not affected. Raleigh Gold Mine is located 22 kilometers north west of Kalgoorlie Boulder and is part of the Kundana mining region.