ONTARIO – St Andrew Goldfields (SAS) of Toronto says dewatering of the ramp at the Taylor gold project 53 km east of Timmins began in April, and the portal was open at the end of June. Once rehabilitation is done and services are re-established to the ramp face, lateral development will begin to access the first ore lens in the West Porphyry zone. The mine dry and administration offices have also be upgraded and are fully operational.
Test mining in the West Porphyry zone will begin in Q4 2012 and a bulk sample will be treated at the company’s Holt mill shortly after.
SAS recently finished a 700-metre, five-hole surface drilling program to test the area around the planned bulk sample. Results of this infill program indicated the potential to increase the size of the bulk sample and provided more reason to advance the underground exploration program. One of the better holes returned 4.2 metres at 11.86 g/t Au including on 1.0-metre section at 13.90 g/t and another 0.5-metre section at 30.00 g/t.
As well as information on other SAS projects, the company’s website at SASGoldMines.com has a history of gold mining in the Timmins camp and a small gallery of recent photos.