Altan Rio Minerals Limited (TSX-V: AMO) is pleased to announce it has produced first gold sourced from a old mineralised stockpile at the Pilot Gold Mine at its Southern Cross tenements in Western Australia.
Approximately 1,500 ounces of gold was produced after toll treating the stockpile through a third party processing plant located approximately 40km south of Pilot.
Figures 1, 2 & 3: First gold poured from processing of the mineralised stockpile at Pilot. Total gold produced from the stockpile was approximately 1,500 oz.
Based on measurements of the area and height of the Pilot stockpile was predicted to contain approximately 30,000 to 40,000 tonnes of ore. Based on records of the historical mining operations the average grade of stockpiled material was predicted to be around 1.5g/t. These figures are in accord with the recovered gold of approximately 1,500 oz.
Confirmation of the grade and successful processing of the historical stockpile demonstrates the quality of the Company’s assets and underlines the potential for further gold discovery along its consolidated tenure along the Fraser shear zone.
Figure 4: Red oval shows location of the stockpile at Pilot mine. Figure 5: Haulage of ore to Marvel Loch mill underway.
Commenting on the gold pour, Altan Rio Minerals Chairman and Interim CEO, Graeme Sloan said:
“This is a highly exciting phase in the short history of the new Altan Rio Minerals. The recent gold pour from the historical stockpile at Pilot demonstrates our team’s strong ability to see value and rapidly monetise assets which in turn strengthens our balance sheet and builds shareholder value.”
“Funding from the gold pour is anticipated to further accelerate our exploration activities throughout the Southern Cross region and also permits the Company to continue consolidating tenure, accessing further projects that have potential to be near-term producing assets.”
Historical Pilot Gold Mine
Pilot lies 10 kilometres north of Southern Cross and was last mined by Troy Resources Ltd in 1994 who produced 0.56 Mt @ 3.03 g/t for 54,554 oz Au from a small open pit operation .
About Altan Rio Minerals Limited
Altan Rio Minerals is a Canadian-listed, West Australian-focused gold exploration company primarily focused on the Southern Cross Greenstone Belt, a prolific gold producing region responsible for well in excess of 12 million ounces. The Company is focused on applying world-class exploration technologies and experience to proven mineralised tenure to generate shareholder wealth through discovery and production.
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