Galantas Gold (TSX, LON: GAL) said on Wednesday it expected to re-start commercial operations at the past producing Omagh gold mine in Northern Ireland in June.
The Canada-headquartered junior said it had made significant progress in rehabilitating the underground workings, refurbishing, and acquiring critical mining equipment, and installation of electrical, water and ventilation systems.
Galantas, however, delayed completion of the secondary egress and installation of the manway, which is a prerequisite for the start of production, to mid-May. It said it needed the extra time for the safe rehabilitation of the ramp access and ore headings.
Omagh’s underground development was paused in 2017 until the local police (PSNI) was able to increase its availability of anti-terrorism cover.
Blasting activities were halted again in the late 2019 mainly because of limitations imposed by the PSNI. Ore production was then suspended in 2020 due to insufficient funds and the impact of the global pandemic.
Initial production is expected at 4,500 to 5,500 ounces for the balance of the year, Galantas said, and to jump to 17,800 ounces of gold in concentrate in 2023, it said in January.
A second phase development of the mine would target annual production of 35,000 ounces of gold a year.