Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX:WDO) announces its gold production results for the second quarter of 2020. All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.
Mr. Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO commented, “First and foremost I would like to thank our employees, contractors, and suppliers, without whose dedication and perseverance we would not succeed during these unprecedented times. Our second quarter production of 25,142 ounces brings total H1 production to 50,264 ounces, and we are confident on achieving our full year guidance of 90,000 – 100,000 ounces. With the COVID-19 pandemic occurring at the end of Q1, and subsequent health and safety protocols immediately implemented, the mine was operating at a significantly reduced capacity, where we focused primarily on production and development, however had to cease our diamond drilling activities to allow for enhanced distancing in the Eagle River Camp. Production was better than anticipated due to increased ounces from the high grade 303 zone. We are now at a point where we can begin to add diamond drills back into our plans and as such, we now are operating four drills, down from the seven drills we operated pre-pandemic. At Kiena, the Quebec government allowed for the resumption of activities in mid-May and we are now back to almost 100% drilling capacity at the Kiena Complex. Concurrent with the exploration drilling at Kiena, we are conducting the infill drilling to upgrade the resources in Q4 and this new resource will be used for the subsequent Pre-Feasibility Study to follow.”
|Amounts are denominated in Canadian dollars||Second Quarter||Year-to-Date|
|2020||2019||Variance||% +/(-)||2020||2019||Variance||% +/(-)|
|Ore milled (tonnes)|
|Head grade (grams per tonne, “g/t”)|
|Gold production (ounces)|
|Total Gold Production||25,142||22,437||2,705||12||%||50,264||41,446||8,818||21||%|
|Production sold (ounces)||23,140||24,113||-973||(4||%)||49,640||42,873||6,767||16||%|
|Revenue from gold sales ($ millions)||$54.7||$42.2||$12.5||30||%||$112.0||$74.7||$37.3||50||%|
|Average realized price per ounce 2||$2,365||$1,752||$613||35||%||$2,257||$1,743||$514||29||%|
The technical content of this release has been compiled, reviewed and approved by Marc-Andre Pelletier, P. Eng, Chief Operating Officer, a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 –Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Wesdome Gold Mines has had over 30 years of continuous gold mining operations in Canada. The Company is 100% Canadian focused with a pipeline of projects in various stages of development. The Eagle River Complex in Wawa, Ontario is currently producing gold from two mines, the Eagle River Underground Mine and the Mishi Open pit, from a central mill. Wesdome is actively exploring its brownfields asset, the Kiena Complex in Val d’Or, Quebec. The Kiena Complex is a fully permitted former mine with a 930-metre shaft and 2,000 tonne-per-day mill. The Company has further upside at its Moss Lake gold deposit, located 100 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Company has approximately 138.8 million shares issued and outstanding.
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