Vancouver, October 14, 2015 - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V: SGN) announces its operating results for the third quarter ("Q3") of 2015 at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, located in Nevada.
Production at Mineral Ridge in Q3 2015 totalled 9,497 ounces of gold and 4,927 ounces of silver. Gold production for the first nine months of 2015 totals 30,187 ounces, representing a decrease of 1.2% over the same period in 2014.
Peter J. Hawley, President & CEO, reports, "Gold production at the Mineral Ridge operation for the first nine months of 2015 is comparable with the Company's performance in the same period in 2014. An unexpected loss of one of the four mine production drills in early August 2015 resulted in a shortfall of budgeted mining production during Q3. This has been rectified with the recent addition of a new production drill and moving to a 24-hour per day drilling schedule to partly compensate for lost production. In addition, a backup production drill will be added to site within the coming weeks. Production in Q4 is expected to remain on target for scheduled mining performance."
"Due to the shortfall in mining production in Q3 2015, the Company has revised its production forecast to 38,000 to 40,000 ounces of gold at Mineral Ridge in 2015."
Key Operating Statistics
|Three Months Ending Sep 30||Nine Months Ending Sep 30|
|Ore tonnes mined||5,695||130,145||-95.6%||202,002||302,287||-33.2%|
|Waste tonnes mined||10,311||564,727||-98.2%||1,053,992||1,592,599||-33.8%|
|Mary LC pit|
|Ore tonnes mined||83,577||-||100.0%||83,577||-||100.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined||941,334||-||100.0%||941,334||-||100.0%|
|Ore tonnes mined||127,546||-||100.0%||241,665||-||100.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined||990,728||-||100.0%||1,276,601||-||100.0%|
|Ore tonnes mined||-||74,343||-100.0%||-||395,177||-100.0%|
|Waste tonnes mined||-||110,401||-100.0%||-||834,938||-100.0%|
|Total producing pits|
|Ore tonnes mined||216,818||204,488||6.0%||527,244||697,464||-24.4%|
|Waste tonnes mined||1,942,373||675,128||187.7%||3,271,927||2,427,537||34.8%|
|Pits under development|
|Ore tonnes mined||-||29,386||-100.0%||92,146||36,301||153.8%|
|Waste tonnes mined (pre-stripping)||-||793,866||-100.0%||1,995,432||1,462,424||36.4%|
|Total mining operations|
|Ore tonnes mined||216,818||233,874||-7.3%||619,390||733,765||-15.6%|
|Waste tonnes mined||1,942,373||1,468,994||32.2%||5,267,359||3,889,961||35.4%|
|Gold head grade (g/t)||1.59||1.49||6.7%||1.46||1.74||-16.1%|
|Crusher throughput (tonnes per day)||2,326||3,009||-22.7%||2,297||3,138||-26.8%|
|Recoverable(1) gold (ounces) placed on pad||7,327||8,616||-15.0%||19,755||27,879||-29.1%|
(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, CEO
Tel: (819) 825-7618
Jim Macdonald, Torrey Hills Capital
Tel: (858) 456-7300
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