SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Vancouver, Canada-headquartered Equinox Gold Corporation announced that it has poured first gold from the resin and elution circuit at its new Santa Luz mine in Brazil. Also, the company resumed plant operations at its RDM Mine, following temporary suspension in end-February in order to reduce water levels in the tailings storage facility.
The company press release stated that it has completed Santa Luz construction on time and on budget with no recorded lost-time injuries. It had commenced commissioning of the mine in February this year. The mine is expected to ramp up to commercial production over the next few months. At full capacity, the mine is expected to produce approximately 100,000 ounces of gold per year. Meantime, the company expects the production this year to range between 70,000 and 90,000 ounces of gold.
Christian Milau, CEO, Equinox Gold congratulated the entire Santa Luz team and contractors for achieving the significant milestone. The timely completion of works amidst challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic demonstrates the team’s hard work and commitment to the project, he added.
Equinox Gold will now focus on construction works at Greenstone, Ontario project, with first gold pour expected by first half of 2024.
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