Galena Mining Ltd. (“Galena” or the “Company”) (ASX: G1A) reports on its activities for the quarter ending 31 March 2022 (the “Quarter”), primarily focused on construction of its 60%-owned Abra Base Metals Mine (“Abra” or the “Project”) located in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.


  • Abra Project 58% complete at end of the March Quarter (19% of Abra construction works were completed during the March Quarter). Project focus remains on underground access to the Abra orebody and completion of the processing plant and power station.
  • Underground development achieved 694m advance during the Quarter remaining ahead of schedule with the decline reaching 1,395mRL. The decline is 82m above the orebody and 155m below the surface.
  • Overall processing plant construction has reached 61% complete. Plant engineering and drafting work is 95% complete and site construction work is 35% complete.
  • Contracts have been awarded for the remaining non-processing surface infrastructure work representing only 10% of the remaining project capex of $97.8M.
  • Power supply company Contract Power have commenced site works associated with the Abra power station (build, own, operate contract).
  • US$35M additional debt drawdown was completed under the Taurus Debt Facilities, leaving US$45M remaining undrawn.
  • Cash balance at Quarter-end A$60.0M.


Abra comprises a granted Mining Lease, M52/0776 and surrounding Exploration Licence E52/1455, together with several co-located General Purpose and Miscellaneous Leases. The Project is 100% owned by Abra Mining Pty Limited (“AMPL”), which in turn is 60% owned by Galena, with the remainder owned by Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (“Toho”) of Japan.

Abra is fully permitted and under construction. First production of its high-value, high-grade lead- silver concentrate is currently scheduled for the first quarter of 2023 calendar-year.

Project construction / development

During the Quarter Abra Project construction works continued, passing the half-way to completion mark as the Quarter progressed.

Abra construction works conducted during the Quarter were comprised of site civil and earthworks, underground mine development, processing plant construction and ongoing front- end engineering design and procurement, including:

  • Underground mining – During the Quarter, underground development continued to progress ahead of schedule, with a further 694 metres of development being completed. As at Quarter-end, total development reached 1,134 metres consisting of 885 metres of decline development and 249 metres of other lateral development. The decline reached 1,395mRL, 82 metres above the Abra orebody and 155 metres below the surface. During the Quarter the first raise bore hole (4.5m) was successfully completed for development of the mine’s primary ventilation infrastructure. The ventilation shaft is one of 3 surface holes that will be completed to provide underground ventilation as the mine progresses.

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