Superior Gold Inc. has commenced mining of gold mineralisation at its 100%-owned Hermes development project, which is located approximately 65 km Southwest of the company's 100%-owned Plutonic Gold Mine in Western Australia.
As previously announced, the first pre-stripping activities at Hermes were initiated on 12 October 2017. The first blast was the start of the Trapper pit, which along with two other pits, Klinger and Hawkeye, will supply initial production from Hermes.
Since that time, work has expanded to all three pits and pre-stripping activities have progressed sufficiently to permit stock-piling of the initial gold mineralisation at the site. Processing of the first gold mineralisation from Hermes is expected by year end with the achievement of commercial production anticipated in the first quarter of 2018.
The Hermes deposit will be mined as a conventional open pit operation. Mined material will be transported by truck along a 65 km haul road to the Plutonic Gold Mine where it will be processed.
Chris Bradbrook, President and CEO of Superior Gold stated: "This is yet another important milestone in the evolution of the company. We continue to progress development work at Hermes, our second operation, on schedule. The contribution of the ore from Hermes is anticipated to allow us to reach our objective of increasing annual production to 100 000 oz of gold."