[caption id="attachment_1003718236" align="aligncenter" width="564"] The site of the Brucejack project, April 2017.
BRITISH COLUMBIA – Pretium Resources
of Vancouver has begun wet commissioning at the Brucejack gold mine and mill about 60 km north of Stewart. The first ore has been fed to the mill.
Construction of the underground infrastructure is substantially complete and commissioned. This includes the crusher, rock breaker, feeder, electrical substation, conveying system, and transfer towers. The conveyor from the Valley of the Kings portal to the mill has also been commissioned.
Pretium says that mill commissioning is progressing. The variable frequency drives for both the SAG and ball mills are connected and water load tests complete. The blowers and compressors for the rougher flotation cells are operational. The SAG mill feeders and conveyors as well as the recirculation high angle conveyor have been commissioned. Service systems in the mill are also operational.
The 57-km long powerline from the BC Hydro grid to the mine site is complete and commissioned. The mill, mine and surface facilities all have electricity.
Underground development is being handed over from the construction team to the operating crews. Over 187,000 tonnes of ore have been stockpiled on surface and underground. The slot raise and slot in the test stope have been blasted, and it is ready for production. Two longhole drills are drilling off four other production stopes.
Pretium expects to pour the first doré bar in the coming weeks.
Please see the Brucejack photo gallery at www.Pretivm.com.