Vancouver, BC - Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM, NYSE.A:TGD) reports record gold production of 21,532 gold ounces and a gold recovery ratio of 69% for its Q1 2012 fiscal quarter ended March 31. The recovery ratio is defined as the ratio of gold ounces produced divided by the number of contained gold ounces stacked over a specific period. Timmins Gold also produced 11,740 ounces of silver during the quarter.
The increased production was achieved despite approximately four days of downtime associated with the completion of the first part of a three stage capacity improvement program. The first stage was the replacement in March of an existing tertiary crusher for a higher capacity unit as well as improvements in blasting process at the pit. Also, the addition of increased pumping capacity has allowed a higher rate of solutions flow to the leach pads to fully leach the newly stacked ore. These improvements are projected to be reflected in Q2 2012 when higher gold and silver production is expected.
Stage two is the installation of a rock scalping system to increase the capacity of the existing crushing circuit to between 22,000 tpd to 25,000 tpd of processed ore as well as refurbishing and increasing the capacity of the gold plant. Stage two is scheduled for completion by the end of Q3 2012. Stage three is the installation of a new 10,000 tpd portable crushing system (80% of which is already on site) to process ore from the La Chicharra pit located 1.5 km from the San Francisco pit. The Company has acquired sufficient land and water and is fully permitted to carry out the improvements at La Chicharra which are expected to be completed by Q4 2012.
The completion of the three stages of capacity improvements are designed to take the mine to throughput of 32,000 tpd of processed ore and annual production of 130,000 ounces of gold beginning in 2013. The total cost of these improvements is budgeted at approximately US $18 million of which $5 million has already been paid. All capital expenses are budgeted to be paid out of cash generated by operations.
The following are some key production statistics for Q1:
|Category||Jan-Mar 2012||Jan-Mar 2011|
|Dry tonnes of ore placed on pads||1,255,477||1,207,339|
|Average grade (g/t Au)||0.772||0.895|
|Low grade stockpiled||804,585||395,254|
|Average grade stockpiled (g/t Au)||0.271||0.258|
|Total Mined (tonnes)||5,939,724||6,304,271|
|Gold Ounces Placed on Pads||31,150||34,743|
|Gold Ounces Produced||21,532||18,395|
|Gold Recovery Ratio||69.12%||52.94%|
|Gold Ounces Sold||21,235||18,755|
|Average Ore Processed (t/d)||13,796||13,415|
|Total Mined (t/d)||65,272||70,047|
About Timmins Gold
Focused solely in Mexico, Timmins Gold Corp. is in commercial gold production at its wholly owned San Francisco gold mine in Sonora, Mexico. The mine is an open pit heap leach operation. Timmins Gold has forecast production at a rate in excess of 100,000 ounces of gold per year. (Micon International NI 43-101F1 Technical Report dated November, 2011).
Timmins Gold Corp.
CEO and Director
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