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Crew of 200 needed to repair Resolute Mining's roasters

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Resolute Mining said today it repaired the sulphide roaster at the company’s Syama Gold Mine in Mali.

"The sulphide roaster is a key component of the sulphide processing circuit at Syama and was taken offline in early October due to the detection of a crack in the main external shell," said the company in a news release. "A total of 127,344 man-hours were expended on the roaster repair program with a peak workforce of 200 personnel from 22 countries."

The company said the fix also required 5 cranes, 21 welding machines, 7 items of heavy mobile plant, 64 procurement packages, 19 construction packages, 12 services packages, 25 tonnes of boiler plate, 45 tonnes of scaffold, 60 tonnes of refractory, 27 air cargo packages, and 2 dedicated cargo aircraft.

Resolute said repairs were within budget. Reheating of the roaster has now started prior to recommencement of normal roaster operations. Concentrate feed is expected to commence in approximately 5 days’ time.

This past spring, Resolute announced that achieved commercial production at rates greater than 80% of nameplate capacity. Resolute said Syama would be the world’s first fully-automated underground gold mine.

Production targets are for 300,000 oz of gold annually.

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