Minera Alamos completes plant commissioning at Santana
(Kitco News) - Minera Alamos (TSX VENTURE:MAI) announced Wednesday that the company has completed the planned process plant commissioning and brought the leaching and recovery systems online at their design capacities at the Santana gold mine, located in Sonora, Mexico.
The company said that the commissioning work at the Santana mine continues to proceed according to schedule with the gold recovery plant tested thoroughly and operational. This has occurred despite the significant rain fall covering southern Sonora in the first half of July.
Minera Alamos noted that some minor delays occurred with items such as final electrical hookups, but the company can report that all required plant electrical infrastructure is now in place and operational. In addition, improvements to areas of critical site drainage have been implemented which will be positive for future operations.
CEO Darren Koningen added that mining activities to open up the Nicho Norte pit have advanced to a point where the company now has sufficient working area to transition to the larger equipment fleet planned for the ramp up to commercial operations, and that the company is on track to start gold recovery this month.
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.