Asia Pacific Resources Limited (APR) uses modern technologies and methods to keep costs very low compared with those adopted by conventional mining companies. This, and constant innovation, allows us to develop mine sites that would normally be too small to generate sufficient return on investment. Our operations include some things that make us an unusual company in the mineral resource development field.
At Wainivesi Mine (introduced on the "About us" page), we calculate that the ore will support a mining operation of about 250,000 tonnes per year for five years. This will come from an open cut which in its final form is expected to be about 100m long by 85m wide -- the area of about 1½ football pitches -- and 35m deep from the surface.
Companies that owned previous leases invested substantial capital in proving up the ore deposit. After two and a half years of setting up and fine-tuning the processing plant, we are now in production.
Sulphide ore is processed into zinc, gold, silver, copper and lead concentrates via:
• ball mill
• inline spinner and inline pressure jig
• flotation circuit.
The gold and silver are further refined by chemical processes.
With the Wainivesi Mine established, more detailed planning to
develop projects at APR’s other tenements is now under way.
Modern methods/Low overheads
We are highly professional in applying up-to-date knowledge and techniques in business, mining and engineering. We do so at the lowest possible cost, with a rigorously low-cost management structure using advanced technology and highly expert specialists. As a result, we can develop small mineral deposits and make a profit. The much higher cost structure of conventional companies would make it uneconomical for them to do the same.
An important part of cutting our costs is to buy second-hand plant and equipment, mainly from overseas because it is unavailable in Fiji. Once it arrives in Fiji, our highly skilled engineering staff refurbish it (and sometimes substantially re-manufacture it) to go into operation. Our staff also build mining plant and equipment “from the ground up”.
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Wainivesi Mine’s workshop (centre) and mine office (top right).