Gold Mountain (TSX.V: GMTN) has provided a construction update at its 100% owned Elk Gold Mine, located outside Merritt, British Columbia.
- The Company received authorization from the Ministry of Mines to begin construction on April 29th through its Notice of Departure ("NoD")
- Nhwelmen-Lake LP ("Nhwelmen-Lake") has mobilized vehicles and mining equipment to begin construction and road development
- Waste rock mining has begun by utilizing the Company's gravel borrow near the corner of Pit 2
- Gold Mountain is on schedule for ore delivery in October and revenue in November 2021
"Aggressive timelines of getting into production are something we have committed to since coming to trade in December of 2020. We continue to deliver on key milestones and maintain our target of revenue generation in Q4," commented Kevin Smith, CEO and Director of Gold Mountain. "We've aligned ourselves with a first-class construction and mining contractor, Nhwelmen-Lake, to reduce our initial capex and leverage their expertise to develop BCs next high-grade gold and silver producer. With the Company receiving its early works permit and waste rock mining already underway through our gravel borrow, operations will be in full stride once we receive our mining permit amendment. All the while our drill team continues to hit mineralization and we anticipate receiving a steady stream of results from the lab in the coming weeks."
Having such a veteran team in Nhwemen-Lake who has experience working with major miners adds credibility to the already stellar technical team at Gold Mountain (TSX.V: GMTN), including:
- President Ron Woo who is a Mining Engineer with over 20 years experience. Previously: Project Manager for Ledcor; Services Manager for Western Coal Corp; Senior Mine Engineer for Hunter Dickinson.
- COO Grant Carlson who is also a Mining Engineer with over 15 years experience: Previously Consultant with SRK and Mining Engineer with Taseko Mines Ltd.
Ryley Siebert, VP of Operations and Fleet of Nhwelmen-Lake stated "We do a ton of work with Tech Cominco, Taseko, and Water and Tails Construction. So it is nice to have Gold Mountain apart of that group so that we can bring our experience and expertise into this project"
Grant Carlson added "Most mines have a couple years of construction, here at the Elk Project, we only have one month of upgrading haul roads before we're able to start production mining"
Waste Rock Mining - Road and Laydown Construction
On April 29, 2021, the Company received its Notice of Departure ("NoD") under its M-199 Mines Act permit, authorizing it to undertake certain construction and site preparation work at the Elk Gold Mine. A key component of the NoD was authorization for a "gravel borrow", which allows Gold Mountain to waste rock mine at Pit 2 and repurpose existing soil and gravel at site to develop roads and laydowns. The Company selected an area near PIt 2 for the gravel borrow in order to execute on a strategy that allows Gold Mountain to adhere to its aggressive timelines and accelerate the path to hit its high-grade 1300 vein.
Since receipt of the NoD the Company's mining partner Nhwelmen-Lake has cleared overburden and conducted the first blast of waste rock near Pit 2. Nhwelmen-Lake is now crushing and screening the blasted rock and has begun road and laydown construction.
Additionally, on May 7, 2021, the Company received a letter of authorization from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy related to dewatering of the historical open pits under the existing Effluent Discharge Permit. As of June 8, 2021 the Company has pumped out 46,500m3 of water from Pit 2. The dewatering efforts will ensure a smooth transition into ore mining.
Nhwelmen-Lake has mobilized various pieces of equipment to the Elk Gold Mine to support site construction activities, including; tracked dozers, excavators, a production blast-hole drill, rock trucks and a mobile jaw crusher. Other equipment en route include a weigh scale, fuel storage, office facilities, washroom/dry facilities and generator structures.
Path to Ore Delivery and Revenue
Once the final Mine Permit is issued, the Company anticipates beginning it's large scale waste rock mining operations through July and August. This will allow the Company to mine the high-grade 1300 vein for ore delivery in October to its ore purchase partner, New Gold Inc.
Prior to delivery to New Gold's New Afton Mine, the ore will be assayed by an independent third party and weighed on site to determine the ore's value. Trucks then haul the ore approximately 133km to the New Afton Mine where title to the ore is passed to New Gold upon delivery. New Gold will pay Gold Mountain for the delivered ore within 17-days of each month end.