MALI – Endeavour Mining Corp. of Vancouver has begun production from its Segala underground gold mine on schedule. The first ore was mucked on June 22, 2014. The company will ramp up the volume of underground ore in the coming months to replace low grade material now being processed from surface stockpiles.
The underground portion of the Segala deposit is accessed via a spiral decline from the mined out open pit. The average mining grade is 3.70 g/t Au. Longhole transverse mining with cemented rock fill is being used in the main orebody that averages 20 metres wide. Development is continuing, and four stopes are expected to be in production during the third quarter. Ore is hauled in 30-tonne truck to a run-of-mine pad, and then hauled in 18-tonne trucks to the 4,000-t/d Tabakoto mill, 5 km southeast of Segala.
Endeavour also noted that it has received the mining permit for all eight deposits of the Kofi Nord project. Together the deposits have an indicated resource of 8.07 million tonnes at 2.31 g/t Au (399,100 oz) plus an inferred resource of 10.54 million tonnes at 1.71 g/t (577,000 oz). Production from Kofi Nord is targeted for 2015.
Maps for the and additional information about Tabakoto, Segala and Kofi are available at EndeavourMining.com.