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Gran Colombia Gold announces third quarter 2012 results with production of 26,912 ounces of gold
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 12, 2012 09:34 PM
TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM) announced today the release of its unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 and accompanying management's discussion and analysis. All financial figures contained herein are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.
Third Quarter 2012 Highlights
Effective November 1, 2012, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Gabriel Gaviria as Vice President of Mining for Gran Colombia Gold. In his previous position, Mr. Gaviria managed all aspects of the Company's underground mining operations at Marmato. In his new capacity, Mr. Gaviria will bring his considerable experience in cost control, mine planning and operations management to focus on the Segovia Operations, including the expansion project which is now getting underway.
Commenting on the Company's progress in the third quarter of 2012, Serafino Iacono, Executive Co-Chairman of Gran Colombia commented said "We are pleased to have received the financial support of our existing and new shareholders to fund the expansion and modernization of our Segovia Operations. With the financing in place, we must now focus on completing the new Segovia expansion project on time and on budget. Combined with the new management focus that Mr. Gaviria's appointment brings to our existing Segovia Operations, we must ensure that we redouble our efforts to deliver on our commitments to our shareholders."
Financial and Operating Summary
A summary of the financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2012 is as follows:
Segovia Operations Update
In the third quarter of 2012, production at the Segovia Operations totalled 21,114 ounces of gold with an average daily processing rate of 891 tpd, compared to 20,610 ounces of gold with an average daily processing rate of 591 tpd in the second quarter of 2012.
The Company is in the final stages of upgrading the Maria Dama plant to achieve a maximum capacity of 1,500 tpd by early 2013. In September 2012, the Company reached its objective of processing 1,000 tpd, double the historical processing rate at Maria Dama. The new ball mill came on-line in mid-May and the second phase of the plant upgrade got underway in the third quarter with the installation of six new flotation cells, the first four of which are now in operation and the remaining two should be completed in the fourth quarter. Four new cyanidation tanks are also now in operation. While these new flotation cells were being installed, the Company limited mill throughput to approximately 800 to 900 tpd to maintain mill recovery rates between 80% and 85% and then in September, utilizing approximately 2,600 tonnes of material from low-grade stockpiles, increased throughput to an average of 1,066 tpd for the month, including several days where the plant was stress tested with throughput in excess of 1,300 tpd. Processing rates have been maintained at 1,000 tpd in October.
Historically, grades at Segovia, one of the top ten producing mines by grade in the world(1), have averaged in the range of 12 to 14 g/t. However, in the third quarter of 2012, grades averaged approximately 9.5 g/t due to the temporary depletion of higher grade zones in the levels currently being mined at Providencia and El Silencio and, to a lesser extent, the processing of some lower grade stockpiles. At Providencia, where mining activity is being conducted on Level 11, capital development is in process to open up access to higher grade areas on Level 12 that will commence mining in the fourth quarter. Similarly, at El Silencio, the mine contractor is currently working between Levels 18 and 24, where the extra high grade sections (ie greater than 50 g/t) are now depleted and material ranges between 10 and 40 g/t. De-watering activity by the mine contractor, currently down to Level 27, continues but the pumping process is being slowed by depth, taking approximately 45 days to pump each level. As the mine contractor is able to start accessing Levels 24 to 29 over the next few months, grades from El Silencio's gold production will also improve through the inclusion of the extra high grade material.
Marmato Project Update
In the third quarter of 2012, production at Marmato Underground totalled 5,798 ounces of gold and 9,684 ounces of silver, with an average daily processing rate of 765 tpd, compared to 4,997 ounces of gold and 8,016 ounces of silver, with an average daily processing rate of 740 tpd in the second quarter of 2012. As expected, head grades improved to approximately 2.9 g/t in the third quarter.
With the Maria Dama plant now operating at 1,000 tpd, grades will be the determining factor in the final production result for the Segovia Operations for 2012, which is likely to be 85,000 to 90,000 ounces of gold. The Company continues to expect production from the underground mine at Marmato to total approximately 23,000 ounces of gold, resulting in expected total production for the Company of between 108,000 and 113,000 ounces of gold for the full year of 2012, an increase of between 18% and 24% over 2011.
The Company's longer term plan remains on track to reach a production rate of 200,000 ounces of gold annually at its Segovia Operations by 2014.
As a reminder, the Company will host a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Bogota time) to discuss the results and provide an operational update.
Webcast and call-in details are as follows:
A replay of the webcast will be available at www.grancolombiagold.com from Tuesday, November 13, 2012 until Thursday, December 13, 2012.
About Gran Colombia Gold
Gran Colombia is a Canadian-based gold and silver exploration, development and production company with its primary focus in Colombia. Gran Colombia is currently the largest underground gold and silver producer in Colombia with several underground mines in operation at its Segovia and Marmato Operations. In addition, Gran Colombia is advancing a project to develop a large-scale, gold and silver mine at its Marmato operations.
This news release contains "forward-looking information", which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects and, specifically, statements concerning anticipated growth in annual gold production and reduction of cash costs. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Gran Colombia to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements are described under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form dated as of March 28, 2012 which is available for view on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release and Gran Colombia disclaims, other than as required by law, any obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, results, future events, circumstances, or if management's estimates or opinions should change, or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
SOURCE Gran Colombia Gold Corp.
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