Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (Agnico Eagle) yesterday reported that commercial production was achieved at the company's Meliadine mine on 14 May 2019.
Located near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (Canada), the Meliadine project was acquired in July 2010 and is Agnico Eagle's largest gold deposit in terms of mineral resources. The company owns 100% of the 111 358 ha property. In February 2017, the company's Board of Directors approved the construction of the Meliadine project.
"Congratulations to all of our employees at Meliadine for achieving commercial production ahead of the original schedule and below the initial capital budget. We would also like to thank the various government agencies and the local communities for their support of the project and our efforts in Nunavut," said Sean Boyd, Agnico Eagle's CEO.
"With Meliadine ramping up production over the balance of the year and Amaruq on schedule to achieve commercial production in the third quarter of 2019, the company is well positioned to achieve its gold production target of 1.75 million oz for 2019", added Boyd.
Initial ore processing commenced in early February 2019 using low-grade stockpiles. Pre-commercial payable gold production totaled 47 281 oz, compared to guidance of 60 000 oz, while pre-production gold sales totaled 28 855 oz. Total project construction costs (after crediting pre-commercial gold sales) are below the 2017 guidance of US$900 million. A further update on capital costs will be provided with the company's 2019 second quarter results.
Expected production at Meliadine for 2019 remains unchanged at approximately 230 000 oz of gold (including pre-commercial production) at total cash costs of US$612/oz.
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