Superior Gold Inc. (TSX-V:SGI) announces detailed production results for the fourth quarter and full year 2019 from the Company’s 100%-owned Plutonic Gold operations, located in Western Australia.
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2019 PRODUCTION DETAILS
Production details are summarized in the table below.
|Operating Parameters1||Three Months
December 31, 2019
December 31, 2019
|Stope material mined (Tonnes)||144,754||537,868|
|Stope grade mined (g Au/t)||3.22||3.10|
|Development material mined (Tonnes)||68,839||270,238|
|Development grade mined (g Au/t)||1.95||1.77|
|Hermes material mined (g Au/t/)||Nil||695,946|
|Hermes grade mined (Tonnes)||Nil||1.03|
|Hermes waste mined (Tonnes)||Nil||1,595,027|
|Surface material milled (Tonnes)2||201,945||891,309|
|Surface material grade (g Au/t)2||0.66||0.98|
|Total material milled (Tonnes)||418,208||1,681,151|
|Grade milled (g Au/t)||1.77||1.78|
|Gold recovery (%)||84||86|
|Gold Produced (ounces)||20,084||83,035|
|Gold Sold (ounces)||18,899||83,241|
|1||Numbers may not add due to rounding.|
|2||Surface material milled in Q4 consists of low grade stockpile from Hermes and other low grade material and surface material milled for the full year is primarily from Hermes but includes additional material totalling 63,534 tonnes at 0.57 g Au/t.|
Chris Bradbrook, President and CEO of Superior Gold stated: “During the quarter, our focus remained on completing the development work required to execute our five year underground Life of Mine plan that was announced in October 2019. In order to achieve this goal, we maintained the increased development rates which commenced in the third quarter of this year. The total amount of development increased close to 30% in the second half of 2019 compared to the total development completed in the first half of the year. This significant improvement in development rates was the result of our continued emphasis on scheduling, improved maintenance and equipment availability.
We were pleased with the improvement in production for the fourth quarter compared to the prior quarter, which also demonstrated our ongoing focus on operating efficiencies and higher stope grade. Significant improvements in stope material mined, stope grade, and development grade resulted in a 21% increase in gold production compared to the third quarter. With production of 20,084 ounces during the fourth quarter, we have achieved our full year revised guidance of between 80,000 ounces and 85,000 ounces. Looking forward and as we execute our LOM plan, we anticipate further improvements over the course of 2020 and beyond.”
The Company will be releasing its complete financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2019 before market open on March 10, 2020.
Details of production, cost and capital expenditure guidance for 2020 are summarized in the table below. It is anticipated that the first quarter will be the weakest as operations begin to focus towards the areas included in the LOM plan later in the quarter.
|Production (oz of Gold)||80,000||90,000|
|Cash Costs ($/oz)1||$975||$1,075|
|All In Sustaining Costs ($/oz)1||$1,075||$1,175|
|Exploration Expenditure (millions of $)2||$6.5M|
|Sustaining Capital Expenditures (millions of $)||$7.0M|
|Non Sustaining Capital Expenditures (millions of $)3||$2.5M|
|1||This is a Non-IFRS measure. Refer to Non-IFRS measures section of the Company’s prior MD&A’s for a description of these measures.|
|2||Exploration expenditures could increase with positive exploration results.|
|3||Non sustaining capital expenditures are primarily related to the decline development to open up the new Baltic and Baltic Deeps zones.|
POTENTIAL OPEN PIT PRODUCTION IN 2020
Detailed work continues to optimize the additional potential open pit sources and to finalize resources and scheduling. These pits comprise the Plutonic East/Perch, Salmon and Workshop pits on the Plutonic Mine property (Figure 1), along with the Hermes and Hermes South pits to the southwest (Figure 2). With the update of the reserves and resources to be released near the end of the first quarter, the Company will be in a position to provide more detailed information. Currently, it is anticipated that production from the Plutonic East/Perch pit could commence during the second half of 2020, once final mining permits have been received. The aim is to utilize the production from the open pits, along with operational improvements from the underground, to establish Superior Gold as a stable 100,000 ounce per year producer.
Scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Pascal Blampain, who is a member of the AusIMM and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and a “qualified person” within the meaning of NI 43-101. Mr. Blampain is an employee of the Company and serves as Chief Geologist.
About Superior Gold
Superior Gold is a Canadian based gold producer that owns 100% of the Plutonic Gold operations located in Western Australia. The Plutonic Gold operations include the Plutonic underground gold mine and central mill, the Hermes open pit gold projects and an interest in the Bryah Basin joint venture. Superior Gold is focused on expanding production at the Plutonic Gold operations and building an intermediate gold producer with superior returns for shareholders.
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