Canadian Mining Journal


SILVER: Avino begins work on new tailings facility

MEXICO – Avino Silver & Gold Mines of Vancouver has begun building a new tailings storage facility (TSF) at its Avino silver mine in Durango. All necessary permits have been received, an independent engineering study done, and ground has been broken.

The new TSF will cover 21 ha and store 7.5 million tonnes of wet tails. It is to be built in four stages. The first two stages will take about 6 months and US$2.2 million to complete, giving the operation enough capacity for six more years. Stages three and four can be built any time in the future and will cost a further US$624,000 providing an additional eight years of storage.

Avino said the environmental permits for the new facility are valid for 14 years of operations and an additional 11 years of post-production. The existing tailings pond will be decommissioned so that the company can assess the upper sulphide bench and lower oxide bench in an area currently being used to store tailings.

The two mines at the Avino property produced more than 1.6 million oz of silver in 2015 and are on track for similar guidance this year.

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