Cerrado Gold Inc. (TSX-V: CERT) (OTCQX: CRDOF) is pleased to announce its production results for the third quarter of 2021 from the Minera Don Nicolas Mine in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. Full financial results are to be released by the end of November.
Q3 Operating Highlights
The strong operational performance is the result of continuous improvement by the onsite team. The mining team has exceeded ore production and Au grade targets consistently year to date. Operational improvements around the processing plant have ensured an increase of approximately 20% on mill design throughput capacity on a sustained basis.
Mark Brennan, CEO and Co-Chairman commented, “We are extremely pleased to have achieved a new record of quarterly gold production which reflects the tremendous efforts from the Don Nicolas team despite a still very challenging COVID environment.” He continued,
“Ongoing quarterly improvements continue to support our view that we should achieve our production expectations of 45- 55,000 ounces Au annually on a sustained basis. Once again we would like to commend the MDN team as a whole for the strong performance they have been delivering in an exceptionally difficult environment; it gives us strong confidence that there is plenty of growth moving forward, especially once restrictions imposed by COVID are removed.”
Minera Don Nicolas has been operating its on site fire assay laboratory in house since January 2021. Sample turnaround times have improved and as a result mine planning and ore control has been significantly enhanced. Gold grades are steadily increasing with an average head grade of 3.57g/t Au in mill feed reported for the 3rd quarter 2021. Cerrado notes that gold production year to date for the first three quarters alone of 28,191 geo oz Au exceeds the total gold geo production for any full production year in the history of Minera Don Nicolas.
As previously outlined and based upon the current mine plan, overall ore grades are planned to see further improvement in the fourth quarter as performance improvement programs continue and with the mine fully caught up with delays caused by COVID 19 issues.
Please see below table for a summary of key highlights from Q3 2021 as well as the first three quarters averaged for 2020.
The steady increase in production numbers highlighted in Q2 continued in to Q3.
Review of Technical Information
The scientific and technical information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Sergio Gelcich, P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration for Cerrado Gold Inc., who is a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.
About Cerrado Gold
Cerrado Gold is a public gold producer and exploration company with gold production derived from its 100% owned Minera Don Nicolás mine in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It also owns 100% of the assets of Minera Mariana in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. The company is also undertaking exploration at its 100% owned Monte Do Carmo project located in Tocantins, Brazil.
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