Minera Alamos blasts first ore at Santana, expects first gold pour by mid-2021
(Kitco News) - Minera Alamos (TSX VENTURE:MAI) announced Thursday that this week, the company successfully executed the first planned production blasts at the Nicho Norte pit at the Santana gold mine in Sonora, Mexico. The company said that drilling has already begun on subsequent blasting as the Nicho Norte pit is opened up.
According to the company’s statement, the initial blasting at Nicho Norte provided excellent fragmentation and further optimization is planned as blasting operations continue. Stockpiling of the mineralized material is ongoing in advance of the initiation of screening and crushing activities.
This first material will be used to test the leaching circuit and commission the carbon plant prior to continuous loading of the heap leach pad. The company said it takes a prudent approach to ramping up operations at Santana throughout the remainder of 2021 ahead of more steady state operation in 2022 and beyond.
“The company is tremendously proud of the efforts of our Mexican operations group and their success in moving a new gold project through construction and into operations during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. It has required major perseverance and significant skill and creativity,” stated CEO Darren Koningen.
“The start-up of operations allows us to efficiently perform our final optimizations at a production scale while moving towards commercial production. It is an exciting time for everyone in the company and our investors as we make the final transition to a gold producer,” continued Koningen.
Minera Alamos is a gold development company poised to join the ranks of gold producers in 2021. The company has a portfolio of 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 approximately mid-2021.