First gold pour at Mako Mine in Senegal

GoldAbout 41.2 kg gold has been poured at the Toro Gold’s Mako Mine in Eastern Senegal, which is owned and operated by Petowal Mining Company SA, according to Toro

The Company is now focussed on implementing the continued ramp up of operations to achieve steady state commercial production through the first half of 2018.

Initial production was slated for 8 February 2018, with a total capital construction budget of US$158mn including contingency and working capital. The final capital construction cost reconciliation will be completed later in Q1 2018, said the company.

The Mako Project achieved practical completion on 3 January 2018, with project facilities signed off and ‘punch listed’ enabling the commencement of processing operations at that time.

In respect of the mining operators, AMS Senegal SUARL has been active at the mine since mid 2017. The ROM Pad contains 265,000 tonnes of material at an average grade of 2.22 g/t.

The tailings management facility has started to receive its first material and the cyanide destruct system has been confirmed to be operating at the required level to better international discharge guidelines.

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