WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 11, 2012) - San Gold Corporation (TSX:SGR)(OTCQX:SGRCF) today announced preliminary results of operations at its Rice Lake Mining Complex in Manitoba, Canada for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.
Q3 Production Highlights
- Record gold production of 27,084 ounces.
- Mill production of 191,105 tons.
- Mine production of 143,949 tons.
Third Quarter 2012 Preliminary Operating Results
San Gold produced 27,084 ounces of gold in the third quarter, bringing year-to-date production to 67,487 ounces. The operation milled a record 191,105 tons in the quarter at an average daily throughput of 2,077 tons per day, a 53% increase over the third quarter of 2011. Mill recovery was 93.3%. Milled grade was 5.21 grams per tonne which is slightly below the previous quarter.
"The quarterly milled grade and mine production reflect a slight delay in extracting ore from our higher grade stoping blocks. However, the Company remains on track to achieve our guidance of 95,000 to 105,000 ounces of gold in 2012," said San Gold President and Chief Executive Officer George Pirie.
Underground mine operations remain focused on developing an extensive mining complex that will facilitate access to the down dip extensions of the L10 and 007 deposits from the 16 and 26 Levels of the Rice Lake shaft infrastructure. This will allow the company to increase the number of working stopes in the Rice Lake Mine Complex and will also provide an ore handling infrastructure utilizing the Rice Lake shaft for ore generated from the L10 and 007 deposits. The company completed 1,632 metres of lateral development and 276 metres of vertical development during the quarter. The Company also completed a raise bore to improve ventilation capacity for mining operations.
About San Gold
San Gold is an established Canadian gold producer, explorer, and developer that owns and operates the Hinge, 007, and Rice Lake mines near Bissett, Manitoba, approximately 235 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Rice Lake Project has a permitted, modern gold mill currently processing ore at a capacity of 2,500 tons per day, modern surface infrastructure including a licensed tailings management facility, and is connected to the Manitoba power grid system. The Company employs more than 400 people and is committed to the highest standards of safety and environmental stewardship. San Gold is on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "SGR" and on the OTCQX under the symbol "SGRCF".
For further information on San Gold, please visit www.sangold.ca.
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