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:: Endeavour Mining Pours First Gold Bar at Agbaou Mine Ahead of Schedule


Endeavour Mining Corporation has announced the pouring of its first gold bar from the Carbon In Leach and Gravity gold circuits at the Agbaou Mine in Côte d'Ivoire. Plant commissioning is progressing ahead of schedule. The plant has been ramped up to design throughput levels and is expected to achieve full commercial gold production during Q1/2014.

Endeavour completed the first CIL/Gravity Circuit gold pour at Agbaou late last week. The first pour was completed significantly ahead of the original construction timetable of Q1/2014. As demonstrated by the pouring of gold, the mine is well into the commissioning phase with ore reclaim, milling, CIL, Knelson concentrator, Gekko Intensive Leach Reactor, cyanide detoxification and tailings areas all fully commissioned.

Neil Woodyer, CEO, stated "This is a major achievement for the company and a testament to the hard work of our employees in all areas from exploration to operations. Endeavour's Project Team has taken a feasibility study and grassroots site and built the Agbaou mine in only 16 months. This is the second mine in the Endeavour portfolio that our team has built. Agbaou is on schedule for achieving full commercial production shortly, and at approximately $800 per ounce all-in sustaining costs, Agbaou is forecast to make a meaningful contribution to our free cash flow in 2014 and beyond."

Agbaou Gold Mine Construction Highlights:

  • First Carbon In Leach (CIL) and Gravity Circuit gold pour
  • 91Kv mains power supply is complete with all power supplied from the state owned National Power Grid
  • SAG and Ball mills fully commissioned having achieved nameplate design of 203 dry tonnes per hour
  • CIL circuit demonstrating design recoveries in excess of 93%
  • Tailings deposition in the TSF has commenced. Recycling of process water is underway
  • On site laboratory is fully operational




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