Resolute Mining today announced the sulphide roaster at its Syama gold mine in Mali has been repaired.

Due to the detection of a crack in its main external shell, the key component was taken offline early October.

Prior to the recommencement of normal roaster operations, the reheating of the roaster has started, and the concentrate feed is expected to start in about five days.

Along with new installations, improvements and extensive refurbishments, a secondary cone crusher was installed to the sulphide crusher circuit. 

Resolute Mining Managing Director and CEO John Welborn said he was pleased the repairs were completed within budget, on time, and safely.

“The positive culture and attitude within our team, shared by our business partners, has delivered a speedy and successful solution,” he said.

“We are now reheating the roaster and expect to shortly return the sulphide circuit to full operational capacity.

“We remain committed to delivering our ambitions at Syama by delivering stable long-life, low-cost production from the Syama underground mine.

“With significant ore stockpiles now available we are preparing for a highly productive period at Syama during 2020.” 

During the repair program, there was a peak workforce of 200 personnel from 22 countries.