Vancouver, April 11, 2016 - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V: SGN) announces its operating results for the first quarter ("Q1") of 2016 at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, located in Nevada.
Gold and silver production in Q1 2016 totalled 8,569 ounces and 3,921 ounces, respectively, representing 28% and 38% decreases over Q1 2015. The decreased metal production in Q1 2016 is attributed to slower leach pad recoveries while equipment was being relocated in order to utilize new areas of the pad for leaching. Both gold and silver recoveries from the leach pad are expected to improve in Q2 2016.
Peter J. Hawley, President & CEO, reports, "We are very pleased to report another strong quarter of production at Mineral Ridge, wherein total ore mined increased 16.4%, processed material increased 15.2% and head grade increased 17%, compared to Q1 2015. This strong start to the year puts Scorpio Gold in a very good position to meet our 2016 production forecast of 30,000 to 35,000 ounces of gold while transitioning toward production growth in 2017."
Production in 2016 is scheduled from the Mary LC pit and from the Bluelite, Solberry, Brodie and Missouri satellite pits. Pre-stripping began in the Missouri pit during Q1, and ore production commenced in Q2.
Key Operating Statistics
|Q1 2016||Q1 2015||%Change|
|Mary LC pit|
|Ore tonnes mined||146,872||-||100.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined||703,030||-||100.0%|
|Ore tonnes mined||103,252||58,073||77.8%|
|Waste tonnes mined||227,056||172,352||31.7%|
|Ore tonnes mined||-||117,964||-100.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined||-||744,977||-100.0%|
|Total producing pits|
|Ore tonnes mined||250,124||176,037||42.1%|
|Waste tonnes mined||930,086||917,329||1.4%|
|Pits under development|
|Ore tonnes mined||-||38,882||-100.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined (pre-stripping)||55,622||804,549||-93.1%|
|Total mining operations|
|Ore tonnes mined||250,124||214,919||16.4%|
|Waste tonnes mined||985,708||1,721,878||-42.8%|
|Gold head grade (g/t)||1.65||1.41||17.0%|
|Tonnes milled at Goldwedge facility||-||1,392||-100.0%|
|Gold head grade (g/t)||-||8.87||-100.0%|
|Recoverable(1) gold (ounces) placed on pad||9,032||6,490||39.2%|
(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 producing Mineral Ridge gold mining operation located in Esmeralda County, Nevada with joint venture partner Elevon, LLC (30%). 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 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 immediately when needed.
Scorpio Gold's President & 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,
President & CEO
For further information contact:
Peter J. Hawley, President & CEO
Tel: (819) 825-7618
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