The 2009-2010 financial year was one of transition where significant capital investment was incurred to transform the Challenger mine. Capital was invested in developing levels laterally for accessing the M2 shoot and to provide ventilation at the lower levels of the mine.
In addition,the treatment plant was expanded and is now capable of treating up to 720,000 tonnes per annum. A focus on increased productivity to reduce unit costs and to enhance gold recovery will be carried out during the first half of the 2011 financial year.
The pace of decline advance and level development will result in more productive use of mobile equipment particularly as development advances ahead of stoping areas at the base of the mine.