Vancouver, April 23, 2014 - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V: SGN) announces its operating results for the first quarter ("Q1") of 2014 at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, located in Nevada.
Production at Mineral Ridge in Q1 2014 totalled 10,294 ounces of gold and 5,113 ounces of silver.
Peter J. Hawley, CEO, reports, "The Mineral Ridge operation posted another strong quarter with ore production and processing throughput running above forecast and head grades in line with our expectation for Q1 2014. This is a great start to the year and puts Scorpio Gold in a very good position to meet our 2014 production forecast of 40,000 to 45,000 ounces of gold."
Key Operating Statistics
|Q1 2014||Q1 2013||% Change|
|Ore tonnes mined||154,952||163,542||-5.3%|
|Waste tonnes mined||398,233||613,066||-35.0%|
|Ore tonnes mined||92,748||34,941||165.4%|
|Waste tonnes mined||415,361||327,015||27.0%|
|Total producing pits|
|Ore tonnes mined||247,700||198,483||24.8%|
|Waste tonnes mined||813,594||940,081||-13.5%|
|Pits under development|
|Waste tonnes mined (pre-stripping)||257,396||-|
|Total mining operations|
|Ore tonnes mined||247,700||198,483||24.8%|
|Waste tonnes mined||1,070,990||940,081||13.9%|
|Gold head grade (g/t)||1.95||2.42||-19.4%|
|Crusher throughput (tonnes per day)||3,264||2,745||18.9%|
|Recoverable(2) gold (ounces) placed on pad||9,966||10,401||-4.2%|
(1) Production numbers for Q1 2013 were negatively impacted by the prior sale of approximately 1,878 ounces of gold and 759 ounces of silver that were part of a sale of loaded carbon that accelerated production and revenue completed in Q4 2012.
(2) A 65% metallurgical recovery factor has been applied to the estimated contained ounces crushed and placed on the leach pad.
About Scorpio Gold Corporation
Scorpio Gold holds a 70% interest in the Mineral Ridge gold mining operation located in Esmeralda County, Nevada with joint venture partner Waterton Global Value L.P. (30%), and is currently entitled to receive 80% of cash flow generated. Mineral Ridge is currently in production as a conventional open pit mining and heap leach operation. The property is host to multiple gold-bearing structures, veins and bodies at various exploration, development and production stages. Scorpio Gold also owns the Goldwedge advanced exploration-stage property and processing facility in Manhattan, Nevada. The Company is assessing its exploration plans for the Goldwedge property as well as the potential for toll milling at the Goldwedge plant currently permitted for 400 ton per day.
Scorpio Gold's CEO, Peter J. Hawley, PGeo, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
SCORPIO GOLD CORPORATION
Peter J. Hawley,
For further information contact:
Steve Roebuck, President
Tel: (819) 825-7618
Jim Macdonald, Torrey Hills Capital
Tel: (858) 456-7300
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