NOVA SCOTIA – Atlantic Gold Corp. of Vancouver has declared construction 30% complete at its Moose River Consolidated (MRC) gold project near Halifax as it prepares for commissioning in September 2017. Engineering is 98% complete for the open pit mine and gold recovery plant.
The Touquoy pit as it looked in late January 2017.
All major mining equipment for pre-production has been delivered, and the company is planning to operate two, 12-hour shifts seven days per week. Priority now is moving till and rock to build the tailings management facility (TMF). So far 865,000 tonnes of rock have been excavated and 135,000 tonnes crushed for construction of the tailings facility, haul roads and plant site.
The mill building is now enclosed and roofed. A milestone was reached when the ball mill and its components were delivered early in February; assembly is underway. The leach tanks are in place, and structural, mechanical and piping work is underway. The slab has been poured for the reagent handling building and plate-work for the carbon-in-leach and detox tanks are complete.
Work at the TMF is 15% complete. The maximum height for commissioning and the first six months of production is 6 metres before work on the second lift begins. Atlantic plans to begin placing the clay core and the layers of fine and coarse filter materials in the last week of March.
The MRC project includes Touquoy and Beaver Dam, both historic gold producers. The project has total proven and probable reserves of 16.5 million tonnes grading 1.44 g/t gold.
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