Tomingley Gold Project

Client:  Neill Earthmoving and Centrals

Project: Tomingley Gold Operations

Description: Compaction and moisture testing of roads, plant area, ponds and bunds at the Tomingley Gold Operations, near Dubbo

Barnson’s Role: Soil testing

Time frame: 974 tests over nine months during 2013


Residents in the Dubbo and Narromine areas would be familiar with an increased level of activity at the Tomingley Gold Operations. Throughout 2013 Barnson was involved in compaction and moisture testing of the roads, plant area, ponds and bunds at the site. A total of 974 tests were carried out over a nine-month period for Neill Earthmoving and Centrals. The biggest challenge of the project ensuring the tests met quality requirements whenever the weather caused a delay.

Both Nick Reardon and Jeremy Wiatkowski worked around the clock to satisfy the enormous amount of testing in such a short period of time to turn results around to enable the earthmovers to continue at full speed.

Tomingley is a medium-sized gold project with approximately 800,000 ounces of gold in the current defined resource space. Alkane Resources aims to produce 50,000 to 60,000 ounces of gold per year, based on an annual ore throughput of around one million tonnes. Mining operations begin at the site this year, with the mine expected to be commissioned and gold production expected to be underway. The mine has an expected life of seven and a half years.