VANCOUVER, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Fire River Gold Corp. and Mystery Creek Resources Inc. [TSX.V: FAU|
OTCQX: FVGCF| FSE: FWR] (collectively "the Company") are pleased to provide this update for the
Nixon Fork Mine.
Dry Stack Tailings Pad - This project was completed including liner installation on schedule by
October. It is now ready to be used for tailings once the leach circuit
is completed. More excavation was required than anticipated and an
exceptionally wet summer hampered productivity. The construction crew
did an excellent job working through a very short summer construction
period to complete the facility.
Mill Circuit - The current gravity and flotation circuits are fully operational. Most
of the planned mill upgrades have been completed with additional
equipment installed and processing optimization in progress. Current
gold recoveries are in the order of 60-70%. This is lower than expected
due to processing an exceptionally large portion of oxidized material
in the past few months, which does not respond to flotation. The mill
has been tested up to 190 tpd and appears to operate well at that rate.
Doré from gravity concentrate is being refined by, and sold to Johnson
Matthey. Copper concentrates are being sold to Glencore.
Mill Leach Circuit - The 250 tpd leach circuit for the mill will be ready for testing in
late January. It is slightly behind schedule due to the delivery of
some key components. Most of the outstanding work to be completed is
mechanical wiring and piping. Commissioning of this circuit will occur
in January 2012. Gold recovery will increase to over 90% with the
implementation of leaching and will not be affected by oxidation.
Mining - In the 3rd quarter, ore was extracted from one near surface zone, older workings
and newly developed stopes underground. Several mining methods are
being tested based on historic methods with some modifications to take
advantage of lower cost long hole drilling.
Mining during the ramp up in the 3rd quarter produced 8,348 tonnes of ore with an average grade of 17.4 g/t.
Total production was 145,000 grams (4670 ounces) of gold in the
quarter, an average of 48,400 grams (1560 ounces) per month. Mining
grades decreased slightly in October, averaging approximately 14.9 g/t
on 5,126 tonnes mined. This is lower than planned, but will improve as
new stopes are developed in the unmined parts of the deposit.
The new 3550 Zone could represent a significant new area, and provide
the opportunity to considerably increase our resources, head grade, and
mine life if it demonstrates the same vertical continuity as the two
other zones that have been mined. The 3550 Zone is located 100 m from
existing development which is ideal for minimizing the capital cost and
time requirement to establish access for mining. The entire vertical
extent will be within 150 m of existing development with the grades
showing as high as 93.8 g/t.
Mining Equipment - All of the mining equipment is now in place for development and mining.
The mine has produced an average of 170 tpd of ore for the last four
Exploration - The $3 million surface drill exploration program (see October 27th press release) will occur on the 11,000 acre Nixon Fork property in 2012 and will
serve to expand the current resource and identify additional mining
Cost Control - Operating costs in the third quarter were 98% of budget at approximately
$2.6 M per month. Capital costs for the same period averaged $594 K per
month, higher than the $409 K that was budgeted. This was largely due
to the increased costs associated with completing the drystack and
modifications to the existing gravity and processing plant.
Pre-production capital spending will end in January 2012.
The Qualified Person for this news release is Richard Goodwin, P.Eng,
President & C.O.O for Fire River Gold.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
President & C.O.O.
Certain information regarding the Company including management's
assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute
forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and
necessarily involve risks associated with mining exploration and
development, volatility of prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision
of resource estimates, environmental and permitting risks, access to
labour and services, competition from other companies and ability to
access sufficient capital. As a consequence, actual results may differ
materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. A
feasibility study has not been completed and there is no certainty the
disclosed targets will be reached nor that the proposed operations will
be economically viable. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation
Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX
Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy
of this release. We seek safe harbour.
SOURCE Fire River Gold Corp.
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