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SilverCrest Announces First Pour at Las Chispas Mine

 

 

 

 

 

SilverCrest Metals Inc. (TSX: SIL) (NYSE American: SILV) is pleased to report the first pour of silver and gold at the Company’s Las Chispas Mine located in Sonora, Mexico. The first precious metal pour was completed on June 30, 2022 and consisted of 312 kilograms of dore with approximately 9,200 ounces of silver and 100 ounces of gold.

 

  1. Eric Fier, CEO commented, “This marks another significant milestone in progressing towards commercial production in Q4, 2022. It is with great pride that I acknowledge the hard work of our team and thank everyone who has contributed to the completion of construction of Las Chispas, ahead of schedule and under budget, and all of those dedicated to commissioning the Mine”.

 

Pierre Beaudoin, COO comments, “We are pleased with the initial trajectory of the plant commissioning. While it is still early days in the plant ramp-up, we are encouraged by some of the operating indicators. Underground mining rates and our knowledge of the deposit continue to increase, which will be key data, along with plant performance, to incorporate in our updated technical report (including resources, reserves, mine plan, revised costs and economics), expected to be released in H1, 2023”.

 

Underground mining rates have increased during the quarter with production from stoping and in-vein development in a number of veins. Mining is active using two mining methods. As outlined in the Company’s Feasibility Study*, the processing plant is expected to utilize low-grade historic stockpiles through the ramp-up, reducing the reliance on underground mine production at the start of the operation.

 

Overall, the plant commissioning is tracking in-line with our objective to reach nameplate capacity of 1,250 tonnes per day. The plant started in late May 2022 and milled an estimated 12,700 tonnes of low-grade ore during June 2022. Metallurgical recoveries are expected to reach Feasibility Study* parameters in 2023 and results observed to date are tracking toward these objectives.

 

The Company expects to provide further updates on the commissioning and ramp-up of operations later in Q3, 2022.

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hotos of the first pour at Las Chispas Mine are attached.

 

* NI 43-101 Technical Report & Feasibility Study on The Las Chispas Project dated January 4, 2021

 

The Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects for this news release is N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng, and CEO for SilverCrest, who has reviewed and approved its contents.

 

ABOUT SILVERCREST METALS INC.

SilverCrest is a Canadian precious metals exploration and development company headquartered in Vancouver, BC, that is focused on new discoveries, value-added acquisitions and near-term production in Mexico’s historic precious metal districts. The Company’s top priority is on the high-grade, historic Las Chispas mining district in Sonora, Mexico, where it has completed construction of its Las Chispas Project and is proceeding with commissioning. SilverCrest is the first company to successfully drill-test the historic Las Chispas Property resulting in numerous high-grade precious metal discoveries. The Company is led by a proven management team in all aspects of the precious metal mining sector, including taking projects through discovery, finance, on time and on budget construction, and production.

 

 


Las Chispas Mine First Pour – June 30, 2022 (CNW Group/SilverCrest Metals Inc.)

 


Las Chispas Mine First Pour – June 30, 2022 (CNW Group/SilverCrest Metals Inc.)

 


Las Chispas Mine First Pour – June 30, 2022 (CNW Group/SilverCrest Metals Inc.)

 


Las Chispas Mine First Pour – June 30, 2022 (CNW Group/SilverCrest Metals Inc.)

 

Posted July 5, 2022

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