Zhengzhou Dongfang Company is pleased to announce that it has placed an order for the ball mill for the a Gold Ore Company in Zambia , which is the key plant item as described in its independent technical report dated 1 October 2012. The placement of this order is part of the company strategy to source the longer-lead key plant items for the gold ore process plant in sufficient time to facilitate the successful achievement of first gold in December 2013 .
An order has been placed with Zhengzhou Dongfang Company for the supply, delivery and installation of a ball milling system, which is due for delivery in September 2013 . The ball mill has a rating of 145t / hr and is capable of processing at a rate of up to 1.1Mtpa of ore. The civil foundations will have been completed by the time of delivery, ready for the erection and assembly of the mill and supporting equipment. The mill is a critical component in the commissioning process and pre-commissioning checks on the mill are scheduled to be carried out in October 2013 , with first gold production on track for December 2013.
The other key plant items that will be ordered in Q2 2013 include the crushers, vibrating feeder, slurry pumps, spillage pumps, water pumps, carbon pumps, screens as well as the re-grind mill.
The procurement schedule for the ordering of key plant items is being driven by our engineering team and the engineering activities for the overall plant construction are well progressed.