Fiore Gold’s Pan Mine Produces 2,760 Ounces of Gold in November, Phase II Leach Pad Now Operational
Vancouver, British Columbia (FSCwire) - FIORE GOLD LTD. (TSXV: F) (OTCQB: FIOGF) (“Fiore” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an operational update on its Pan Mine in White Pine County, Nevada. Mine production in November totaled 436,290 tons of ore and 484,771 tons of waste, with the mine now consistently mining in excess of 14,000 tons per day (tpd) of ore. Gold production for November was 2,760 ounces, a significant increase over the 1,809 ounces produced in October.
The new Phase II leach pad is now in operation, with the first ore placed on the pad in late December [image 1, image 2]. As the existing Phase I leach pad approaches its final design height, operating space on the pad has become constrained which reduced the leach cycle times. As a result, December gold production is expected to come in below forecast, however, with the new Phase II pad now in operation, production will improve as ore is placed on the new pad. Fiore is projecting gold production of 35-40,000 ounces in fiscal 2018 (October 2017 through September 2018), with gold production weighted towards the second half of FY2018 as higher-grade ore is mined.
Tim Warman, Chief Executive Officer of Fiore, commented: “November was our best month yet for gold production, and we’re looking forward to continued strong performance over the remainder of the fiscal year. With the new Phase II leach pad now operational, we can begin loading the test cells that will confirm the viability of adding a crushing and agglomeration circuit to the mine later in 2018. The successful completion and permitting of the new leach pad is a testament to the highly skilled operating and development team we’ve built at Fiore Gold, and the first-rate work done by our contractors.”
Exploration work aimed at increasing the resource and reserve base at Pan is also ongoing, with a number of drill targets identified proximal to the existing operations. Drilling is expected to commence in early 2018.
At our nearby Gold Rock project, the Nevada State Office of the Bureau of Land Management has completed its review of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (“FEIS”) and advanced it to the Washington DC office for final review and publication. The process to publish the FEIS is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2018, with the Record of Decision (“ROD”) to follow within 45 days of publication. We believe actions by the US government to expedite this review process provides optimism that the process to issue the ROD will proceed in a timely manner.
Our corporate strategy is to grow Fiore Gold into a 150,000 ounce per year gold producer. To achieve this, we intend to:
- grow gold production at the Pan Mine from a planned 35-40,000 ounces in fiscal 2018 to between 40-50,000 ounces per year by fiscal 2019
- advance exploration and development of the nearby Gold Rock project, with a resource update planned for late 2018
- acquire additional production or near-production assets in Nevada and surrounding states
The scientific and technical information relating to Fiore Gold’s properties contained in this press release was approved by Ken Brunk (MMSA) Fiore Gold’s Technical Advisor and a "Qualified Person" under National Instrument 43-101.
On behalf of FIORE GOLD LTD.
Chief Executive Officer
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