The North Mine will increase its production of ore up to 400,000 tonnes per year after the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment gave the greenlight to the changes.
The North Mine has lost $14.4 million dollars due a drop in production of 3,943 tonnes over six months which has led to the need for an increase in production according to the submission by R.W. Corkery and Co dated 6th of August 2021.
“There will be no increase in truck numbers between the two operations overall as the Potosi truck numbers will decline as the North Mine numbers increase,” Bruce Byrne, General Manager, Broken Hill Operations, Perilya said.
The North mine will increase the number of trucks from 16 a day to 21 averaged over the year according to the Ministry for Planning and Public spaces, this will change as the Potosi numbers decrease.
The report included a condition that Potosi and the North Mine combined should not have more than 42 trucks per day when averaged over a year.
Potosi Mine has an expected foreclosure in January 2023 with workers gradually moving across to the North Mine as stated in R W Corkery report on the dated on the 2nd of December 2021.
The truck route will not change according to the North Mine submission.
Advice has been received from 10 government agencies and Broken Hill City Council regarding this decision according to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces.