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:: Asanko Gold Mine Announces First Gold Production
Asanko Gold Inc. has announced the first gold production of approximately 400 ounces from Phase 1 of the Asanko Gold Mine (“AGM” or the “Project”) in Ghana. This follows the successful commencement of operations of the entire processing facility one month ahead of schedule. The latest videos and photographs are available at www.asanko.com/projects/photo-gallery.
Commenting on this historic milestone, Peter Breese, President and CEO, said: “I am proud to announce that the Asanko Gold Mine is officially the newest producing gold mine in Ghana, with Phase 1 successfully built within our capital budget and commissioned one month ahead of schedule. “As we embark on a new chapter for Asanko, I’d like to thank the Government and our stakeholders in Ghana for all their assistance in facilitating our transition from explorer to producer. In addition I would like to commend my team, our EPCM contractor DRA Global and all the thousands of construction and service sub-contractors for delivering a well-executed project over the past 18 months. “As we complete commissioning and ramp up to steady-state production rates, I am pleased to note the early gains that we have already achieved with respect to throughput rates and mill grind, which have exceeded our expectations. We remain confident of declaring commercial production during Q2 2016.”
Commissioning of the processing facility is progressing well and is approximately one month ahead of the original schedule. The crusher was handed over from the EPCM contractor to Asanko in mid-December and was commissioned during the last half of the month. Ore was stockpiled ahead of the milling operations and introduced into the SAG and Ball mills during the last week in December. Commissioning of the mills was initially conducted on marginal grade ore until the mills achieved the designed hourly throughput rates and grind. The mills have had several days of continuous operations with daily milling rates matching or exceeding designed throughputs of 8,300 tonnes per day. In addition both mills have also attained grinds that are in line with the plant design parameters.
The operations were fed low grade ores until the density built up in the fully erected and commissioned CIL circuit. Once this was achieved, cyanide was introduced into the CIL and gravity gold circuits and the entire operation from milling to the CIL circuit is now being run at planned feed grades. Gold inventory in the CIL circuit will continue to build up to steady-state levels over the next month, after which time full gold production rates are expected to be reached. Commercial production is expected in Q2 2016.
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