TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2019 /CNW/ – Continental Gold Inc. (TSX:CNL; OTCQX:CGOOF) (“Continental” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide a project update for its Buriticá Project in northwestern Antioquia, Colombia.
As of December 31, 2018, the Buriticá Project has reached 47% completion; mill and surface infrastructure engineering and procurement are 94% complete. Concrete work has been advancing rapidly and mechanical installation and structural steel erection will begin imminently in key areas, including crushing, grinding and tailing filtration. Leach tank construction is well advanced. Concrete work will be focused in other mill circuits such as Merrill Crowe, where mechanical and structural steel work is anticipated to start in Q2 2019. The Company will soon select the contractor who will begin earthworks for the tailing storage facility in Q1 2019. Construction of the 32-kilometre 110-kV powerline also continues on schedule.
Underground development remains ahead of schedule and is nearly 55% complete. Since the beginning of 2018, monthly advance has consistently exceeded planned development and, as of December 31, 2018, 7,864 metres of lateral underground development has been completed. Crews are advancing daily at the Yaraguá and Veta Sur ramps and the Higabra Tunnel and development is advancing on vein in stope areas. Additionally, definition drilling continues as an integral part of mine development. Monthly definition drilling will continue to increase into 2019 as the mine is being prepared for production in H1 2020.
“We are very pleased with Buriticá’s progress to date,” commented Donald Gray, Chief Operating Officer. “Development advance performed by our miners continues to consistently exceed plan. Our cumulative lateral development is already nearly 12% ahead of planned targets. Prior to starting the Project, we opted to focus on comprehensive training for our local workforce, which has resulted in quality mine crews that work safely and to very high standards. We have no doubt they will prove to be a very safe and productive team as we transition into production in 2020. With the mechanical contractor ramping up, we are seeing the benefits of disciplined construction planning as mechanical installations and steel erection begin at the crushing, grinding and tailing filtration areas. Construction will advance rapidly in all areas as we prepare the mill for the production phase, and we look forward to achieving the targets we have set for 2019.”
Watch a time lapse video of the Buriticá construction site
Figure 1: Panoramic View of Infrastructure Site
Figure 2: View of Crushing Station, Mill, Leach Tanks and Sub-Station
Figure 3: View of Sub-station, CCD, Merrill Crowe, Ponds and Preg Solution Tanks
About Continental Gold Inc.
Continental Gold is the leading large-scale gold mining company in Colombia and is presently developing it’s 100% owned Buriticá practices for mine construction, environmental care and community inclusion. Led by an international management team with a successful record of discovering, financing and developing large high-grade gold deposits in Latin America, the Buriticá project is on schedule with first gold pour anticipated during the first half of 2020. For information on the Buriticá project, please refer to the technical report, prepared in accordance with NI 43–101, entitled “Buriticá Project NI 43–101 Technical Report Feasibility Study, Antioquia, Colombia” and dated March 29, 2016 with an effective date of February 24, 2016, led by independent consultants JDS Energy & Mining Inc. The technical report is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, on the OTCQX at www.otcmarkets.com and on the Company website at www.continentalgold.com. Additional details on Continental Gold’s suite of gold exploration properties are also available at www.continentalgold.com.
This news release contains or refers to forward–looking information under Canadian securities legislation—including statements regarding the development and construction of the Buriticá project, an updated mineral resource estimate and mine plan, completion of various construction and development activities, ramp-up of underground development activities, timing of production start-up, advancing the Buriticá project and future plans and objectives of the Company—and is based on current expectations that involve a number of significant business risks and uncertainties. Forward–looking statements are subject to other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward–looking statements. Specific reference is made to the most recent Annual Information Form on file with Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a discussion of some of the factors underlying forward–looking statements. All the forward–looking statements made in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements and are made as of the date hereof. The Company assumes no responsibility to update them or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances other than as required by law.