|Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Century Mining Provides Operational Progress Update for Lamaque Gold Mine
Century Mining Corporation ("Century" or the "Company") (TSX-V: CMM) is pleased to discuss the operational activity at its 100% owned Lamaque gold project located in Val-d'Or, Qu�bec, Canada.
"Century is making good progress at its Lamaque Gold Mine during its commissioning and ramp-up phases of operation. The use of low-profile equipment at Lamaque continues to show significant operational improvement over the historical use of jacklegs and slushers. Our operational, technical and exploration teams continue to focus on increasing production and defining additional reserves in advance of our mining plan. We have entered the Bedard Dyke and look forward to fully defining the potential of this new mining zone and reaching further milestones as we progress through 2010," commented Margaret M. Kent, President & CEO of Century Mining Corporation.
The Company is pleased to provide the following update and operational results:
||April 20 to May 31, 2010
||June 1 to June 30, 2010 |
|Days Mill Operated
|Mill Head Grade (including ore & mineralized development)
||3.32 g/t Au
||4.37 g/t Au|
The mine production crew continues to operate in seven separate stoping complexes in addition to the development crew opening two new stopes underground in the Lamaque #2 mining zone, and also developing over to the North Wall zone. The low-profile underground equipment, in operation since the end of May 2010, continues to make significant progress in increasing the mine productivity and subsequently lowering of underground mine production costs. For example, in certain stoping complexes the low-profile production crews are able to double the size of the mining development round (blast) and remove the ore four to five times faster than using the jackleg and slusher combination. As indicated in the above table, the grade and production rate continues to show improvement month over month with the continued efficiencies gained from the introduction and adjustment to the low-profile mining equipment. The Company has an additional low-profile jumbo drill arriving in the third quarter of 2010 to continue in increasing the production profile.
- Underground mine stope head grade ranged from 4.2 to 6.7 g/t Au.
- Mill head grade averaged slightly lower than expected due to excess mineralized development (MD) material fed into the mill circuit. Initial mining in the Lamaque #2 flats identified the development waste graded in excess of 1.0 g/t Au and thus was used as additional mill feed during startup, which subsequently decreased the mill head grade. With the current excess capacity in the mill, the use of "MD" as mill feed will continue to be processed, to maximize throughput.
- Of significance, during startup, approximately 30-35% of the milled tonnage was mined from outside the Company's underground resource base due to the continuation of vein systems or discovery of new mineralized areas as mining was in progress. The Company believes that additional "new" tonnage will continue to be mined within stope complexes that has never been placed, recorded or defined in the current resource base.
- Excluding mineralized development, mill head grade averaged 4.31 g/t Au for May and 4.76 g/t Au for June, which aligns with the expected milling head grade target.
- Production rate at the end of May was 420 tpd and increased at the end of June to approximately 770 tpd. Production is slightly below forecast but the Company expects production to increase month over month going forward.
- The mill facility commenced operation April 20, 2010 thus April / May shown combined above. The mill throughput averaged approximately 800 tpd during initial startup in April (utilizing stockpiled ore from underground mining since March), averaged 615 tpd during May, and averaged 650 tpd during June.
- Of special note, mill head grade averaged 5.56 g/t Au during last nine days of operation in June.
At the Bedard Dyke, the Company has completed the required engineering, portal stabilization and construction which included significant cabling, wire mesh, rock-bolting and shotcrete. Development into the Bedard Dyke has commenced, and the initial mineralized development graded approximately 37 g/t Au across the face of the first blast zone. The Company expects to be developed down into the Bedard Dyke in July, at which point the 20,000 tonne bulk sample will be extracted and tested. Concurrently, the exploration team will also be initiating the underground drill program to fully explore this newly discovered mineralized zone. The Bedard Dyke is the second zone which the Company anticipates to develop in 2010, and production is expected to significantly increase upon commencement of mining. All underground access portals are collared via the historical Sigma pit, which is located only a few hundred meters from the 3,000+ tonne per day milling facility. Century's exploration team continues with its 150,000 foot (45,000+ meter) exploration and definition drill program that commenced in May 2010 at Lamaque and is expected to continue over a three-year period.
About Century Mining Corporation
Century Mining Corporation is a Canadian junior gold producer and holds strategic land positions in Canada, United States and Peru. The Company's strategy is to grow to an intermediate gold producer through existing mine expansions and acquisitions of other strategic and synergistic gold opportunities.
On behalf of Century Mining Corporation,
"Margaret M. Kent"
President & CEO
For further investor information, please contact:
Peter A. Ball, Director of Investor Relations
Phone: (360) 332-4653
Toll Free: (877) 284-6535
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