Harte Gold Commences Commercial Production at Sugar Zone Mine, Ontario
Published: February 20, 2019 |
Harte Gold has achieved commercial production at the Sugar Zone Mine.
“Since start-up of the mill, our focus has been on reaching commercial production in an efficient and cost effective manner. I believe our team has done a remarkable job getting to capacity with no significant operational issues. We are now progressing the permit to increase throughput to 800 TPD,” said Stephen G. Roman, president and CEO of Harte Gold.
“The mill is currently at steady state and our focus will now shift to improving recoveries,” said Jeff Hanson, mill superintendent of Harte Gold.
For the month of December, the mill processed 16,400 tonnes over a 29 day period. During commissioning, mill feed was a combination of material from the surface stockpile, development material and stope production. As underground mining continues to accelerate, a majority of the mill feed will be supplied by higher grade stope material. The surface stockpiles will remain a source of auxiliary supply. The stockpiles were sampled in December and are estimated to contain 19,470 tonnes of material at an average grade of 5.08 g/t.
First blasts between the 140 and 155 levels were successful and downhole drilling and blasting is confirming planned dilution control.
The company is optimizing its mine plan with the intent to improve grade, particularly in the early years of the mine life. The company will incorporate these optimizations into an updated life-of-mine plan which will form the basis of a feasibility study expected in the first quarter of 2019.
About Harte Gold Corp.
Harte Gold is Ontario’s newest gold producer through its wholly owned Sugar Zone Mine in White River Ontario. Using a 3 g/t gold cut-off, the NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate contains an indicated mineral resource of 2,607,000 tonnes grading 8.52 g/t for 714,200 ounces contained gold and an inferred mineral resource of 3,590,000 tonnes, grading 6.59 g/t for 760,800 ounces contained gold. The company has completed a 90,000 metre drill program on near mine and exploration targets, results of which will be incorporated into an updated NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate and mine plan targeted for early 2019. Exploration continues on the Sugar Zone property, which encompasses 83,850 hectares covering a significant greenstone belt.
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