ACHIEVES RECORD ANNUAL PRODUCTION AT PLUTONIC GOLD OPERATIONS
(In US Dollars unless otherwise stated)
TORONTO, February 5, 2019 - Superior Gold Inc. ("Superior Gold" or the "Company") (TSXV:SGI) announces detailed production results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 from the Company's 100%-owned Plutonic Gold operations, located in Western Australia.
2018 PRODUCTION DETAILS
Production details are summarized in the table below.
Stope material mined (Tonnes)
Stope grade mined (g Au/t)
Development material mined (Tonnes)
Development grade mined (g Au/t)
Hermes material mined (g Au/t/)
Hermes grade mined (Tonnes)
Hermes waste mined (Tonnes)
Surface material milled (Tonnes)2
Surface material grade (g Au/t)2
Total material milled (Tonnes)
Grade milled (g Au/t)
Gold recovery (%)
Gold Produced (ounces)
Gold Sold (ounces)3
1 Numbers may not add due to rounding.
2 Surface material milled in Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 is primarily from Hermes but includes additional material totalling 33,169 tonnes (at 0.62 g Au/t), 18,707 tonnes (at 0.52 g Au/t), 8,555 tonnes (at 0.79 g Au/t), and 95,800 tonnes (at 0.43 g Au/t), respectively.
3 Gold produced and sold in Q1 includes a contribution from Hermes in Q1 prior to commercial production being declared
Chris Bradbrook, President and CEO of Superior Gold stated: "With the successful completion of construction at our second mine—Hermes, which was built on time and on budget in 2018, we were able to reach record production of over 90,000 ounces of gold for the full year.
Whilst the focus during the quarter was on improving operational performance, production was negatively impacted by several unforeseen circumstances. In December, repairs were required on the crusher. Additionally, limited availability of key underground and open pit equipment (resulting from mechanical and contractor issues) adversely impacted production. Finally, as a result of a weather related event, power to the borefields was interrupted, which limited water supply to the mill necessitating a lower processing throughput. All necessary equipment repairs, and where applicable, replacements have now been completed and contractor issues resolved.
With the positive changes that were made to the site operations team in September of last year, we saw an improvement in underground stope grade towards the end of the quarter. Our focus remains on mining towards reserve grade and therefore maximizing cash generation."
The Company will announce its full year production and cost guidance by mid-February and will be releasing complete financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 before market open on March 12, 2019.
About Superior Gold
Superior Gold is a Canadian based gold producer that owns 100% of the Plutonic Gold operations located in Western Australia. The Plutonic Gold operations include the Plutonic Gold mine and central mill, the Hermes open pit gold mine and an interest in the Bryah Basin joint venture. Superior Gold is focused on expanding production at the Plutonic Gold operations and building an intermediate gold producer with superior returns for shareholders.
Forward Looking Information
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