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GOLD DEVELOPMENT: Update on KLGold’s South mine

ONTARIO – Kirkland Lake Gold has decided to use its own employees rather than contractors for the development...



ONTARIOKirkland Lake Gold has decided to use its own employees rather than contractors for the development of its South mine complex (SMC) in Kirkland Lake. This decision reverses a previous announcement made at the end of October 2008.

 

Brian Hinchcliffe, CEO, explained, “Increasing production levels, particularly from the high grade SMC remains a priority for us. When we first committed to this project, skilled underground labour was in high demand, and we planned to utilize outside mining contractors to provide a workforce in that environment. Today, skilled underground labour has become much more available, and a lower cost development program can be carried out by expanding our own workforce.”

 

KLGold says production from the SMC is expected to increase gold output to more than 100,000 oz/year beginning in March 2009. The project will be completed in July 2010.

 

The detailed mine plan is to be completed next month. Visit www.KLgold.com for the news.


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