Vancouver, October 9, 2014 - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V: SGN) announces its operating results for the third quarter ("Q3") of 2014 at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, located in Nevada.
Production at Mineral Ridge in Q3 2014 totalled 11,228 ounces of gold and 4,911 ounces of silver. Gold production for the first nine months of 2014 totals 30,556 ounces, representing an increase of 9.9% over the same period in 2013.
Steve Roebuck, President of the Company, reports. "On behalf of the entire Scorpio Gold team, we are very proud of our production output in Q3, during which we achieved our second highest quarterly output since we declared commercial production in January 2012. As of September 30, 2014, total production at the Mineral Ridge Operation since January 2012 stands at 101,782 ounces of gold."
"It was another robust quarter at Mineral Ridge, with our new high capacity carbon column continuing to draw down gold from the leach pad in-process inventory, which helped offset lower head grades in Q3 as we complete our production transition from the Drinkwater pit to the Mary pit. Head grades are expected to increase in Q4 of 2014. We reiterate our guidance of 40,000 to 45,000 ounces of gold production at Mineral Ridge in 2014."
Key Operating Statistics
|Three Months Ending Sep 30||Nine Months Ending Sep 30|
|Ore tonnes mined||74,343||134,147||-44.6%||395,177||506,803||-22.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined||110,401||478,927||-76.9%||834,938||1,660,758||-49.7%|
|Ore tonnes mined||130,145||80,212||62.3%||302,287||148,797||103.2%|
|Waste tonnes mined||564,727||652,326||-13.4%||1,592,599||1,423,370||11.9%|
|Total producing pits|
|Ore tonnes mined||204,488||214,359||-4.6%||697,464||655,600||6.4%|
|Waste tonnes mined||675,128||1,131,253||-40.3%||2,427,537||3,084,128||-21.3%|
|Pits under development|
|Mary LC Pit|
|Ore tonnes mined||29,386||-||-||36,301||-||-|
|Waste tonnes mined (pre-stripping)||775,454||62,079||1,149.1%||1,444,012||62,079||2,226.1%|
|Ore tonnes mined||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Waste tonnes mined (pre-stripping)||18,412||-||-||18,412||-||-|
|Total mining operations|
|Ore tonnes mined||233,874||214,359||9.1%||733,765||655,600||11.9%|
|Waste tonnes mined||1,468,994||1,193,332||23.1%||3,889,961||3,146,207||23.6%|
|Gold head grade (g/t)||1.49||2.08||-28.4%||1.74||2.34||-25.6%|
|Crusher throughput (tonnes per day)||3,009||2,686||12.0%||3,138||2,699||16.3%|
|Recoverable(2) gold (ounces) placed on pad||8,616||10,764||-20.0%||27,879||32,291||-13.7%|
(1) A 65% metallurgical recovery factor has been applied to the estimated contained ounces crushed and placed on the leach pad.
About Scorpio Gold
Scorpio Gold holds a 70% interest in the producing Mineral Ridge gold mining operation located in Esmeralda County, Nevada with joint venture partner Waterton Global Value L.P. (30%), and Scorpio Gold is currently entitled to receive 80% of cash flow generated. Mineral Ridge is a conventional open pit mining and heap leach operation. The Mineral Ridge property is host to multiple gold-bearing structures, veins and lenses at exploration, development and production stages. Scorpio Gold also holds a 100% interest in the advanced exploration-stage Goldwedge 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, which is currently permitted for 400 tons per day.
Scorpio Gold's President, Steve Roebuck, 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
For further information contact:
Steve Roebuck, President
Tel: (819) 825-7618
Jim Macdonald, Torrey Hills Capital
Tel: (858) 456-7300
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