Vancouver, August 08, 2017 - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V: SGN) announces its operating results for the second quarter ("Q2") of 2017 at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, located in Nevada.
Production at Mineral Ridge in Q2 of 2017 totalled 4,660 ounces of gold and 2,505 ounces of silver, representing decreases of 54% and 42% respectively over Q2 2016 production levels. The lower metal production in Q2 2017 is attributed to fewer tons being mined and processed from the existing pits, due to smaller benches being mined in lower pit elevations. The impact of decreased mine production was somewhat offset by a 13% improvement in gold head grade in Q2 and an 8% improvement in the first half ("H1") of 2017 as compared to the same periods in 2016. Total gold production for H1 now stands at 10,401 ounces, a decrease of 44% from H1 of 2016.
The Company's annual production forecast for 2017 is now currently expected to be at the low end of the previous production guidance provided of 20,000 to 25,000 ounces of gold (as reported in the Company's May 30, 2017 news release).
Brian Lock, interim CEO, reports, "The second quarter of ore production at Mineral Ridge was consistent with ore production in Q1, as production continues to be affected by a slowdown in mining and processing while the project awaits approval of the amendment to its revised Plan of Operations, which is pending from applicable regulatory authorities and is expected to be received in Q4 of 2017 or Q1 of 2018. The Custer pit and other areas for which permitting is outstanding, will be evaluated for economics of associated mining timelines when permits are received."
Based on the Company's current mine plan, production is scheduled through to September 2017 from the Mary LC pit and from the Brodie satellite pit. The Company is currently evaluating the economics of mining other pits at Mineral Ridge during Q4 of 2017 including the Phase B of the Drinkwater pit. The Company will provide further updates on its proposed Q4 mining activities in due course.
Key Operating Statistics
|Three Months Ending Jun 30||Six Months Ending Jun 30|
|Mary LC pit|
|Ore tonnes mined||123,241||138,795||-11.2%||253,687||285,667||-11.2%|
|Waste tonnes mined||568,225||919,453||-38.2%||1,496,011||1,622,483||-7.8%|
|Ore tonnes mined||28,235||39,493||-28.5%||35,490||142,745||-75.1%|
|Waste tonnes mined||123,643||139,664||-11.5%||190,851||366,720||-48.0%|
|Total producing pits|
|Ore tonnes mined||151,476||178,288||-15.0%||289,177||428,412||-32.5%|
|Waste tonnes mined||691,868||1,059,117||-34.7%||1,686,862||1,989,203||-15.2%|
|Pits under development|
|Ore tonnes mined||594||-||100.0%||772||-||100.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined||36,490||67,732||-46.1%||249,085||123,354||101.9%|
|Total mining operations|
|Ore tonnes mined||152,070||178,288||-14.7%||289,949||428,412||-32.3%|
|Waste tonnes mined||728,358||1,126,849||-35.4%||1,935,947||2,112,557||-8.4%|
|Gold head grade (g/t)||1.50||1.33||12.8%||1.60||1.48||8.1%|
|Recoverable(1) gold (ounces) placed on pad||4,982||8,002||-37.7%||10,157||17,034||-40.4%|
(1) A weighted average metallurgical recovery factor has been applied to the estimated contained ounces crushed and placed on the leach pad based on the pit from which the ore was mined.
About Scorpio Gold
Scorpio Gold holds a 70% interest in the Mineral Ridge gold mining operation located in Esmeralda County, Nevada with joint venture partner Elevon, LLC (30%). Mineral Ridge is currently in production as 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 in Manhattan, Nevada, with a fully permitted underground mine and 400 ton per day mill facility. The Goldwedge mill facility has been placed on a care and maintenance basis and can be restarted on short notice.
Scorpio Gold's Chairman, 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
For further information contact:
Chris Zerga, President
Tel: (819) 825-7618
Jag Sandhu, JNS Capital Corp.
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