QUEBEC - Century Mining of Blaine, WA, is counting down the days until the first gold pour from the reopened Lamaque mine in Val d'Or. The event is less than two months away, planned for Q2 2010.
Since reopening the Lamaque gold project in early January 2010, the company has rehired and brought on a mining team in excess of 115 employees, and continues to fill vacant positions. The underground development team has reopened the existing workings and is currently mining Nos. 90 and 107 stopes, gearing up for the opening of No.115 stope, and mining in several jumbo development headings that are located in ore. The crews continue to slash areas of the underground workings and main ramp to allow access for larger mine vehicles to reach the deeper ore zones, and have completed the installation of the new ventilation infrastructure. The development crews continue to stockpile underground ore at surface next to the crusher in preparation of production.
A significant amount of the new equipment required for the re-opening of the mine has been received including the jaw crusher, cone crusher and crusher motors for the milling facility. Underground equipment including a 4.5-m3 load-haul-dumper, a single-boom jumbo drill, a 35-t truck, two scissor lifts and a boom truck. The new low profile equipment is expected to arrive on site in April, and the engineering team is in the process of procuring and installing the permanent mine electrical system.
The milling team is completing the modifications and refurbishment of the Lamaque recovery plant. The 3,000+ t/d mill is expected to begin grinding test runs on April 8, 2010. in preparation for mill feed throughput from the stockpiled ore. Gold production is expected by the end of May 2010, but with the current progress the first gold pour could be sooner.
A daily countdown indicator for the first gold pour at Lamaque is maintained on the home page at www.CenturyMining.com.