Mexus Gold US has announced that it has completed all the required preparation to start cyanide leaching at the Santa Elena mine.
Roberto Baltierrez, Mexus head metallurgist, finished laboratory testing of the heap leach pad prepared recently and has devised a gold/silver recovery plan. The first material being leached is current shear zone low-grade material averaging 8 g/t silver and 1.8 g/t gold. This material was mined when the Julio vein (ore material averaging 12 g/t silver and 4 g/t gold) was being drilled and prepared for blasting.
Once it is begun, there will be continuous leaching and new ore will be added weekly at the observed higher grades. This constant production will provide Mexus the required cash flow to enhance and raise production without incurring further debt. It is expected that Mexus would complete mining 3500 tons/week of the high-grade Julio vein ore by September 2019.
With 1 g/t gold recovery we hope to produce 5,800 oz. gold and 35,000 oz. silver. The Julio vein ore is expected to produce a much higher yield of gold and silver which would substantially increase these figures.
Paul Thompson, CEO, Mexus