NEVADA – Commercial production at the El Nino gold mine in the Carlin Trend started ahead of schedule and on budget, Premier Gold Mines reports.
Premier owns 40% of the underground mine and Nevada Gold Mines owns the remainder. Nevada Gold Mines is a joint venture between Newmont Goldcorp and Barrick Gold.
High grade ore is being processed at the Goldstrike facility, about 8 km to the south of the mine, which is part of the South Arturo property.
Premier also released results from its 2019 drill program at South Arturo, which included definition and step-out holes from underground drill stations in the El Nino mine as well as geotechnical holes at the proposed phase three open pit project and at the East Dee target.
Highlights from El Nino include 24.4 metres of 20.60 g/t gold in hole SEC19010 and 50.3 metres of 6.36 g/t in SEC19009.
At phase three, intercepts included 112.8 metres of 7.29 g/t gold in MAD19004, and 36.6 metres of 4.6 g/t, including 9.1 metres of 11.99 g/t in hole MAD19001.
Drilling at East Dee – immediately east of the current phase 1 open pit – is almost complete. Highlights from the 2018 drill program at East Dee included 25.9 metres of 5.8 g/t gold in hole BD18-05c and 21.3 metres of 6.5 g/t in hole BD18-08C.
This story originally appeared on www.NorthernMiner.com.