The Dredge though originally designed for river
dredging in the USA is being modified for use in the jungles of West Africa.
Tiehnpo plans to modify the Dredge by building an all aluminum working
platform, walk ways, outboard motor mounts, two 40hp outboard engines, GPS, depth
finder, hot water heater for wet suits, on board spiral and Jig classifier, riffles,
new suction hoses, two way communication, diving lights, and toilet.
The Dredge also requires
that the engine and pump to be gone through and readied for the next 200 day mining
Tiehnpo Resources plans to use the 10 inch Super
dredge (the “Dredge”) as the sole dredging equipment for the Project. The
dredge is simple, efficient, site specific and conservatively rated to handle 50
cubic meters of material per hour. It consists of a platform built on aluminum pontoons,
a 167 hp diesel engine,one (1) 3500 GPM
Berkley water pump, and a 25ft long sluice box for recovery.It employs only tried and proven technology,
is constructed from industrial grade components, and is very reliable. It is extremely easy to operate, is almost
maintenance free, and will operate at depths of 30ft to 40ft with maximum
suction where the highest gold values are recovered.
Tiehnpo Resources plans to ship
the 10 inch Super dredge ( "Lucky Lady") to River Cess, Liberia for
the 2013-14 Season. Work will continue 8 hours per day, six days per week
(weather permitting).A labor intensive
operation is expected requiring divers to take 3hr shift rotations.The production estimate allows for time lost
during start up, shift change, and shut down each day, and for any scheduled
and unscheduled maintenance.With the
Lucky Lady (Dredge) processing 400 cubic meters per day and assuming a
conservative half gram of gold per cubic meter, anticipated daily production
would average approximately 200 grams or (6.4 ounces Au).