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San Gold Corporation (TSX: SGR) (OTCQX: SGRCF), a Canadian based gold producing company, has produced a record 20,359 ounces of gold in the fourth quarter with approximately 25,400 tons of ore in the surface stockpile..

11 Jan 2012

VANCOUVER (Commodity Online): San Gold Corporation (TSX: SGR) (OTCQX: SGRCF), a Canadian based gold producing company, has produced a record 20,359 ounces of gold in the fourth quarter with approximately 25,400 tons of ore in the surface stockpiles representing an additional 4,000 to 5,000 ounces of gold in front of the mill.

During December the operation established a new daily mill record of 2,056 tons per day, with an average throughput of 1,775 tons per day. The operation began the year at an average production rate of 829 tons per day.

San Gold President and Chief Executive Officer George Pirie said, “This has been a tremendous year for our production team at Rice Lake. We’ve executed a very aggressive development plan, increasing our milling capacity by two-thirds while building out an extensive mine complex along a new mining horizon. We are well positioned going into 2012 and will continue to aggressively pursue new opportunities as they emerge."

There were two planned events during the fourth quarter that resulted in lost milling opportunities. In the first two weeks of October, throughput rates in the flotation circuit were reduced while the second bank of new flotation cells was commissioned. In November, three milling days were lost due to the commissioning of the new screening plant and the relocation of the three stage crushing circuit. No upgrades that will affect mill throughput are planned through the first half of 2012.

Total gold production for 2011 was 74,280 ounces with 4,000 to 5,000 in surface stockpiles accumulated during the year, effectively meeting our full year guidance of 80,000 ounces. On an annualized basis, December production supports our 100,000 ounce production forecast for 2012.


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