TORONTO, April 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Guyana Goldfields Inc. (TSX: GUY) ("GGI" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the hiring of St. John Lees in the position of Vice-President, Projects. This key appointment is part of the Company's strategic plan to expand its project team with leaders in the mining industry as GGI moves towards production.
St. John Lees is the former Area Manager Infrastructure for Rio Tinto Iron Ore Atlantic's Simandou Project in Guinea, West Africa. With a background in Civil Engineering and Geology backed up by an MBA, St. John has over fifteen years of international experience in the building and resource industries.
"St. John's substantial expertise managing large-scale infrastructure projects will be a real asset to the Aurora Gold Project. He has the experience, education, leadership skills, and technical knowledge this role demands. Most importantly, St. John possesses a proven-track record of achieving milestones. In the coming months, we will continue building the strong team that will be instrumental in making this project an enormous success," stated Patrick Sheridan, CEO.
During the last five years, St. John was responsible for leading the design and building strategy for the multi-billion dollar infrastructure associated with the development of the Simandou Project. The infrastructure items within his scope of work included: electrical supply and distribution, fuel supply and distribution, offices, housing and accommodation, communications, water supply and distribution, and the road network. Prior to this, St. John held various positions with Rio Tinto including: Manager Technology and Energy, Simandou Project; Manager Contracts and Commercial Systems, Value in Use Manager (Business Improvement).
Preceding his work with Rio Tinto, St. John Lees was employed by several other large-scale projects such as, Minara Resources (Perth), KCGM Gold Mine (SuperPit-Kalgoorlie), Western Mining Corporation (Melbourne) and Kumagai Gumi Co. Ltd. (Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam).
St. John Lees will be based in Guyana and will be directly responsible for overseeing the construction of all of the Aurora Gold Project's infrastructure and mine development including: roads, port, airstrip, camp and related facilities, communications, fuel supply and distribution, power plant, and processing plant.
About Guyana Goldfields Inc.
Guyana Goldfields Inc. is a Canadian based company, primarily focused on the exploration and development of gold deposits in Guyana, South America where the Company has operated since 1996. The Aurora Gold Project in Guyana has a current measured and indicated resource of 5.71 million ounces gold (47.040 million tonnes at a grade of 3.83 g/t) (see press release dated September 9, 2011). The Company plans to issue a revised Aurora resource estimate mid-2012 and a new FS by year-end. For further details regarding the Aurora Gold Project, reference should be made to the technical report for the Aurora Gold Project which has been filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company website at www.guygold.com, with no material changes from the February 24, 2012 press release.
At the Aranka Properties, the Company has discovered a deposit at Sulphur Rose and N-1 and other highly prospective targets within a 5-km radius have been identified for drill testing in 2012.
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