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Minera Alamos readies Santana gold mine for production

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(Kitco News) - Minera Alamos (TSX VENTURE:MAI) today provided a construction update detailing progress at the Santana gold project, Sonora, Mexico.

According to the company’s statement, leach solution ponds (barren and pregnant) are now fully lined and ready for operations.

The plant foundations have been completed and all previously fabricated plant structures (including carbon columns for gold recovery) have been delivered to site in preparation for final installation that is now underway.

The company added that the majority of the civil works for the heap leach pad area have been completed and the installation of the pad liner has commenced this week. Foundations for additional site infrastructure items including the warehouse and fuel storage areas are also complete.

Minera Alamos said that it is well funded to complete construction of Santana while advancing development activities across its pipeline of projects. The company expects the first gold pour in early 2021.

"We have made tremendous progress towards the completion of construction at the Santana gold project since activities were allowed to restart around the middle of last year following the widespread Covid-19 shutdowns. Major civil works are now drawing to an end and the focus has shifted towards the final placement of field connections required for fluid handling systems involved in the leach process," stated CEO Darren Koningen. "We would like to take this opportunity to thank our contractors and team in Mexico for the excellent progress in building the Santana operation at a time where so many logistical challenges presented themselves. As construction activities draw to a close at Santana the project's development is a testament to their hard work and commitment," concluded Koningen.

Minera Alamos is a gold development company poised to join the ranks of gold producers in 2021. The company has a portfolio of high-quality Mexican assets, including the 100%-owned Santana open-pit, heap-leach development project in Sonora that is currently under construction, and which is expected to have its first gold production in early 2021.

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