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Orla eyes first gold pour at Camino Rojo in December 2021 as commissioning progresses

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(Kitco News) - Orla Mining (TSX: OLA; NYSE: ORLA) today reported that construction of its Camino Rojo gold project was 89% complete as of September 30, 2021, and that the project is on schedule for first pour in December 2021 and commercial production in the first quarter of 2022.

Importantly, the company said that wet commissioning with introduction of ore into the crushing circuit has commenced, with ramp up of mining activities in line with plan.

The company added that construction activities planned for the fourth quarter will primarily focus on completion of dry commissioning followed by wet commissioning and leaching to achieve the first gold pour in December 2021.

This includes commissioning of the crushing, conveying, and stacking equipment, application of cyanide on the heap leach pad, and commissioning of the Merrill-Crowe plant and refinery.

Project to date safety and environmental performance have been excellent and strict COVID-19 measures implemented at Camino Rojo have allowed construction progress to continue uninterrupted, the company noted in a statement.

"The march towards first gold pour continues at Camino Rojo and the team is focused on achieving this important milestone by year end," said President and CEO Jason Simpson. "While the rate of construction advance has been impressive, I am most encouraged by the diligence exhibited by our team in maintaining a safe and healthy operation during this intensive and challenging period."

Orla is developing the Camino Rojo oxide gold project, an advanced gold and silver open-pit and heap leach project, located in Zacatecas State, Central Mexico. Orla also owns 100% of the Cerro Quema project located in Panama which includes a near-term gold production scenario and various exploration targets. The Cerro Quema project is a proposed open pit mine and gold heap leach operation.

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