WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Jan 23, 2014) - San Gold Corporation (SGR.TO)(SGRCF) today announced preliminary results of operations at its Rice Lake Mining Complex in Manitoba, Canada for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.
|2013 Production Highlights|
|Gold production||15,118 oz||75,218 oz|
|Mill production||148,042 tons||641,710 tons|
|Mine production||144,165 tons||629,311 tons|
|Grade||3.78 gpt||4.32 gpt|
Fourth Quarter 2013 Preliminary Operating Results
The Company produced 15,118 ounces of gold in the fourth quarter, bringing full year production to 75,218 ounces, consistent with the Company's full-year guidance of between 75,000 and 85,000 ounces. The operation milled 148,042 tons in the quarter at an average daily throughput of 1,609 tons per day and mined 144,165 tons of ore at an average daily rate of 1,567 tons per day. Mill recovery was 92.7% and milled grade was 3.78 grams per tonne. The Company ended the year with approximately 4,000 tons in surface stockpiles.
"2013 was a transitional year for San Gold. While I am disappointed that we did not achieve higher grades during the quarter due to problems with sequencing of stoping activities we did achieve our overall guidance for gold production. On balance we made significant progress during the year towards integrating our Rice Lake operations and developing the underground infrastructure to support the addition of more stoping areas thereby providing better opportunity in future to blend ore zones and add incremental tonnage. During the fourth quarter we successfully developed into the new 710 HW ore zone on 26 Level in Rice Lake where we have begun mining and expect to see higher grade material from this zone in the coming months. In addition we have advanced our development workings on 16 Level underneath the current Hinge workings and we are now positioned to better define the down dip extensions of these zones and add additional stoping areas to the mining mix as the year progresses," said Ian Berzins, San Gold's President, CEO and Chief Operating Officer.
The Company is forecasting production of between 80,000 and 85,000 ounces of gold in 2014 at cash costs of $800 to $900 per ounce. The Company is planning capital expenditures of approximately $36 million related to its underground capital development, definition drilling and investment in property, plant and equipment, a significant reduction compared with capital expenditures of approximately $58 million in 2013. Surface drilling will be largely curtailed and underground drilling will be focused on supporting production and upgrading our large mineral resource. The Company remains well positioned to take advantage of the recent upswing in the Canadian dollar price of gold.
About San Gold
San Gold is an established Canadian gold producer, explorer, and developer that owns and operates the Rice Lake Mining Complex near Bissett, Manitoba. The Company employs more than 420 people and is committed to the highest standards of safety and environmental stewardship. San Gold is on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "SGR" and on the OTCQX under the symbol "SGRCF".
For further information on San Gold, please visit www.sangold.ca.
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