Commercial production declared on April 1, 2015. A major new mine in James Bay, Canada.
During 2015, gold production totaled 268,100 ounces. Mine throughput in 2016 is expected to average 4,900 tonnes per day from four production horizons following the depletion of the pre-production stockpile at the end of 2015. The focus in 2016 is on increasing underground mining rates, mill throughput and improved dilution through adjustment of stope design.
The production shaft construction including the ore handling system on the 690 meter level was completed and commissioned and hoisting commenced in October 2016. Increased production levels, development efficiencies and reduced operating costs are anticipated as a result of the production shaft completion. An additional loading pocket near the bottom of the production shaft is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015 which will enable development of the lower zones of the mine.
Drilling in 2016 will continue to target the 494 zone for reserve replacement and test the deep projection of the centre and southern ore bodies and the 494 zone.