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Plant and operational improvements deliver for Rosebery during third quarter

MG Rosebery continues to benefit from a focus on asset utilisation and operational excellence, with zinc in zinc concentrate and lead in lead concentrate production on plan during the third quarter 2015.

In accordance with the 2015 Rosebery mine plan, production of 22,526 tonnes of zinc and 5,225 tonnes of lead was 11% and 7% lower than the previous quarter respectively due to lower ore grades in the current stages of the underground mine.

However, year-to-date production of 71,450 tonnes of zinc and 2,274 tonnes of copper were 25% and 44% higher than the same period 2014 respectively, driven by higher milling ore grades and higher recoveries.

General Manager Australian Operations Rick Watsford said that plant upgrades undertaken in 2014 had been key to increasing milling rates.

“The higher milling rates, which are possible due to plant upgrades undertaken in 2014 and ongoing operational improvements, helped to offset lower ore grades in this section of the underground mine during the third quarter,” Mr Watsford said.

2015 production guidance for Rosebery is unchanged and MMG expects to produce 80,000-85,000 tonnes of zinc and 19,000-21,000 tonnes of lead at the operation during 2015.

During the quarter, Ms Jennifer Kotek, a human resources advisor at Rosebery, was also recognised as one of the Australian mining industry’s most talented young professionals.

Nominated by Rosebery’s leadership team for her work to help build a proactive people culture and redevelop the operation’s apprenticeship training program, Ms Kotek was selected as one of seven finalists in the Exceptional Young Woman in Resources category at the Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA).

In discussing her inclusion as a finalist in the awards, Ms Kotek, spoke about the importance of promoting the many opportunities for women across the resources sector.

“I believe this shows the growing diversity and vast opportunities for women and all young professionals throughout the Australian mining industry,” Ms Kotek said.

Operating continuously since 1936, Rosebery is an underground polymetallic base metal mine located on the north-west coast of Tasmania. 

MMG is a global resources company which explores, develops and mines base metals deposits around the world. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, MMG is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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