Santa Fe Gold Corporation is pleased to report that production levels have continued to increase at its Summit silver-gold mine in southwest New Mexico. The company anticipates the mine will reach its targeted monthly production rate of 10,000 tons beginning June 2012. Production for April and May averaged 8,262 tons per month, up 88% from the 4,400 tons mined in March. Delivery of new mining equipment including underground loaders, drills and trucks is expected to facilitate sustained mining rates. Revenues are expected to continue to increase during 2012 and 2013 as the mine reaches higher grade portions of the ore body.
“Now that we have reached the targeted mining rate, we are turning our attention to optimizing the operation. This will involve a focus on costs, material movement, power, grade control and metallurgical recoveries.”
"We are very pleased to have successfully completed ramp up to the full production rate of 10,000 tons per month, which is a significant milestone," said Pierce Carson, CEO. "At the mill, we are adding a daily shift to operate three 8-hour shifts per day, five days a week. At the mine, we are operating two 10-hour shifts, five days a week, which allows time for maintenance and is paying off in less down time for underground equipment."
Carson continued, "Now that we have reached the targeted mining rate, we are turning our attention to optimizing the operation. This will involve a focus on costs, material movement, power, grade control and metallurgical recoveries.
"We also will be re-evaluating the development plan and mining schedule for the potential to more quickly access richer portions of the ore body and to increase production levels above 10,000 tons per month."
Carson said the company also is preparing to begin shipments of its tailings waste product, which contains unrecovered precious metals, to an Arizona smelter for silica flux trials.
About Santa Fe Gold:
Santa Fe Gold is a U.S.-based mining and exploration enterprise focused on acquiring and developing gold, silver, copper and industrial mineral properties. Santa Fe controls: (i) the Summit mine and Lordsburg mill in southwestern New Mexico, which began commercial production in 2012; (ii) a substantial land position near the Lordsburg mill, comprising the core of the Lordsburg Mining District; (iii) the Ortiz gold property in north-central New Mexico; (iv) the Black Canyon mica deposit near Phoenix, Arizona; and (v) a deposit of micaceous iron oxide (MIO) in western Arizona. Santa Fe Gold intends to build a portfolio of high-quality, diversified mineral assets with an emphasis on precious metals.
To learn more about Santa Fe Gold, visit www.santafegoldcorp.com.
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