Vancouver, April 28 2017 - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V: SGN) announces its operating results for the first quarter ("Q1") of 2017 at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, located in Nevada.
Gold and silver production in Q1 2017 totalled 5,741 ounces and 2,854 ounces, respectively. The lower metal production in Q1 2017 is attributed to fewer tons being mined and processed from the existing pits, due to higher strip ratios that constrain how quickly benches can be mined.
Brian Lock, interim CEO, reports, "The first quarter production at Mineral Ridge was 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. The Custer pit and other areas for which permitting is outstanding, will be evaluated for economics of associated mining timelines when permits are received."
Production in 2017 is scheduled from the Mary LC pit and from the Bluelite and Brodie satellite pits.
Key Operating Statistics
|Q1 2017||Q1 2016||%Change|
|Mary LC pit|
|Ore tonnes mined||130,446||146,872||-11.2%|
|Waste tonnes mined||927,786||703,030||32.0%|
|Ore tonnes mined||7,255||103,252||93.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined||67,208||227,056||70.4%|
|Total producing pits|
|Ore tonnes mined||137,701||250,124||-44.9%|
|Waste tonnes mined||994,994||930,086||-4.0%|
|Pits under development|
|Ore tonnes mined||178||-||100.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined (pre-stripping)||212,595||55,622||282.2%|
|Total mining operations|
|Ore tonnes mined||137,879||250,124||-44.9%|
|Waste tonnes mined||1,207,589||985,708||22.5%|
|Gold head grade (g/t)||1.70||1.65||3.0%|
|Recoverable(1) gold (ounces) placed on pad||5,175||9,032||-42.7%|
(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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