TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - White Tiger Gold Ltd. ("White Tiger" or the "Company") (TSX: WTG) today announced that it has installed a new power line and commissioned a new crushing and screening unit for the Phase 2 expansion of its Savkino Mine.
Commenting, Jim McBurney, CEO of White Tiger, said, "We continue to progress with the expansion of our Savkino Mine. The completion of the new power line and commissioning of the crushing and screening unit for Phase 2 are important milestones for the Company. The power line will provide the Savkino Mine with more reliable electricity supply and the crushing and screening unit will increase the Savkino Mine's current crushing and screening capacity from 4,000 tonnes per day to more than 9,000 tonnes per day. The next important operational milestone will be the commissioning of the agglomerator in late April/early May, which will enable us to significantly increase production in May 2013 and more than double gold production this year."
Savkino Phase 2
The Savkino Mine is the Company's existing open-pit, heap leach gold mine that produced 18,261 ounces in 2012. The commissioning of the Phase 2 expansion of the Savkino Mine will increase plant capacity from 650,000 tpa to 1.7m tpa, utilizing two separate but identical production streams. This will allow for both significantly expanded production capacity and reliability and continuity of output to enable gold production to increase from the existing level to 48,000 oz in 2013. The Company also continues to conduct on-going exploration work at Savkino to replenish reserves and extend the life of mine.
Installation of Power Line and Commissioning of Crushing and Screening Unit
A new power line has been installed to serve the Savkino Mine. The power line extends 8km from the Mikhailovka substation to a new substation on site and in turn connects to the new crushing and screening unit and other facilities at the Savkino Mine. Transmission capacity has increased from 2.2MW to 4.2MW and will provide sufficient continuous power supply to sustain operations through for the life of mine.
The commissioning of Crushing and Screening Unit 2, to include a cone crusher, jaw crusher and three screeners, has been successfully completed. In addition, Unit 2 comprises a receiving bunker and conveyor lines. The Savkino Mine will now have the ability ability to handle two ore stockpiles of 400,000 tonnes each.
About White Tiger
White Tiger Gold Ltd. is a TSX-listed mining and exploration company, focused on the development of mineral resources in the Russian Federation.
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