The first deliveries of zinc concentrate have been made from ASX-listed Blackthorn Resources’  joint venture Perkoa zinc mine with Glencore Xstrata in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

“The first delivery of saleable product to port is another important milestone at Perkoa and we look forward to the loading of the maiden shipment in the near future. We are also looking forward to continuing ramp up at the mine,” says MD Scott Lowe.

The deliveries are part of a process of testing the logistics chain from mine-to-port prior to commencing full-scale transport of concentrate. Approximately 17 000 t of zinc concentrate is currently stockpiled at the mine site and 120 t of concentrate has already been trucked to port. The first shipment of export sales is likely to contain 13 000 t of zinc concentrate and is expected to be loaded early September 2013.

The Perkoa project is a JV between Glencore Xstrata, Blackthorn Resources and the Burkina Faso government and is the first large-scale base metals mine in the country, located 120 km west of the capital Ouagadougou. Glencore is the project manager.