Minera Alamos Provides Update on Santana Gold ProjectBy Lorenzo Núñez | Tue, 06/22/2021 - 09:29
Minera Alamos has released an update on their start-up mining operations at their Santana gold mine in Sonora, Mexico.
All construction has now been completed with the full leach pad now lined and available for stacking. In addition, the first loading of mined material from the Nicho Norte pit commenced earlier this month in preparation for the commissioning of leach operations around the end of the June, according to a Minera Alamos’s press release.
“Since the completion of the first pit blast in May and the commencement of mining operations, we have continued in parallel the completion of final construction activities for the full leach pad area and the gold recovery plant. As material continues to be loaded to the pad, we are in the final phase of preparations for the start of leaching activities which will provide us the opportunity to thoroughly test and commission the gold recovery plant ahead of first production next month,” said Darren Koningen, CEO of Minera Alamos He added that the company is well financed with a strong treasury that is more than sufficient to cover working capital requirements.
As previously reported by Mexico Business News, the first blasting phase in May at Nicho Norte provided excellent fragmentation, while further optimization is planned and blasting operations continue. Stockpiling of the mineralized material is ongoing in advance of the initiation of screening and crushing activities. This first material will be used to test the leaching circuit and commission the carbon plant prior to continuous loading of the heap leach pad, as Minera Alamos takes a prudent approach to ramping up operations at Santana throughout the remainder of 2021, ahead of more steady state operation in 2022 and beyond.
Current planning is focused on the optimization of key parameters for full scale operations at the Santana project. This includes blast designs suitable for efficient fragmentation of mined material; crushing circuit optimization to provide throughput maximization for material from the Nicho Norte pit; leach pad stacking plans; open pit haulage optimization and construction of roads for future pit development phases; and leach plant testing and reagent preparation.