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Premier Reports Third Quarter Production of 16,484 Ounces Gold





PREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED (TSX: PG) (OTCPK: PIRGF) is pleased to announce Q3 production results.



Q3 – 2019 Production Highlights:


  • 14,481 ounces of gold production at Mercedes
  • 37,462 ounces of silver production at Mercedes
  • 2,003 ounces of gold production at South Arturo
  • 953 ounces of pre-production gold recovered at South Arturo


Third quarter gold production from South Arturo includes 873 ounces from Phase 2 open pit stockpiles and 1,130 ounces from the El Nino underground mine. In addition, 953 pre-production gold ounces were recovered during the quarter, including 391 ounces from Phase I open pit development and 562 ounces from El Nino pre-commercial production in September.


“Having achieved commercial production ahead of schedule, South Arturo continues to exceed my expectations,” stated John Begeman, Executive Chairman of Premier. “Realizing commercial production at El Nino this year rather than next is a positive development that we expect will impact Premier’s consolidated operating performance for 2019, particularly in the fourth quarter.”  


South Arturo Mine, Nevada


The El Nino underground mine is part of the South Arturo Joint Venture (the “JV”) operated by Barrick Gold through its subsidiary Nevada Gold Mines. El Nino is a high-grade operation (between 8 and 10 grams per tonne gold) that was developed by the JV on time and on budget. The mine achieved commercial production in September and it is expected that this low cost operation will contribute to a strong fourth quarter for the Company. 


El Nino is the second mine to be developed by the JV within the last three years. Further expansion of the JV is currently underway including development of Phase 1 and Phase 3 open pit projects, and a potential heap leach operation. Stripping of the Phase 1 pit is ongoing and further economic studies are being completed for the Phase 3 pit and the heap leach material, some of which is currently being stockpiled.


Exploration drilling continues at El Nino to increase reserves and resources, and at East Dee, a high-grade mineralized zone located immediately to the east of the Phase 1 open pit. Recent highlight drill intercepts from El Nino include 24.4 m of 20.60 g/t Au and 50.3 m of 6.36 g/t Au and from Phase 3 open pit drilling include 112.8 m of 7.29 g/t Au and 62.5 m of 7.93 g/t Au (See press release dated October 28, 2019 for complete results).


Mercedes Mine, Mexico


Work at the Mercedes Mine in Mexico is aimed at improving future operations. The second and third quarters of 2019 have seen lower production due primarily to lower than modeled grades in some stoping areas.  While the mine continues to deliver good safety and environmental performance the operating team is focused on implementing measures to increase production and reduce costs. Additional development headings and stopes are being advanced with support from both surface extensional drilling and underground definition drilling.


Exploration and resource definition drilling continue to be a priority on the property. Drilling significantly increased during the third quarter with up to 9 drills active on the property. Higher grade gold mineralization has been discovered at Lupita Extension, San Martin, and Neo with a current focus on Lupita Extension. Multiple drills are defining high-grade mineralization that can be upgraded into mineral resources and reserves. A design and development plan can be initiated for the new area in order to increase faces for mining.



Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., Executive Vice President, Corporate and Project Development, is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101. 



Premier Gold Mines Limited is a gold-producer and respected exploration and development company with a high-quality pipeline of precious metal projects in proven, accessible and safe mining jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Premier remains focused on creating a low-cost, mid-tier gold producer through its two producing gold mines; South Arturo and Mercedes, and through future mine development opportunities at Hardrock in Ontario (Greenstone Gold JV) where permitting and development initiatives are ongoing and McCoy-Cove in Nevada.


Posted October 30, 2019

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