ONTARIO – Toronto-based Lexam VG Gold has the results of a preliminary economic assessment based on developing open pits to recover gold from four former producers – Buffalo Ankerite, Davidson Tisdale, Fuller and Paymaster – in Timmins. The study way completed by RPA Inc. based on the June 2013 resource estimate.
Such a project would have an after-tax net present value of C$33 million (7.5% discount) and internal rate of return of 32%, and a 2.1-year payback, based on US$1,300/oz gold. Average production would be 45,000 oz over each of the 6.5 years of mine life. Preproduction capital totalling $58 million will be needed, and cash costs over the life of the project would be US$865/oz. The PEA assumes that the ore will be toll milled and contractors will be hired for a portion of the waste stripping.
Lexam said that the potential exists to increase the resource base, both at surface and to depth. Future exploration will focus on both.
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