Turquoise Hill Fires First Drawbell at Hugo North
In its first-quarter earnings report, the company said the first drawbell would be fired in the third quarter of 2022 and that was contingent on undercut blasting and other construction-related activities. The undercut development started at the beginning of the year and the material handling system was commissioned during the first quarter. Infrastructure to support the production ramp-up was also progressing, including the conveyor to the surface decline and the transfer station.
At the time, Turquoise Hill thought Panels 1 and 2 would be delayed due to changes to mine plans as well as COVID-19-related work restrictions.