Eldorado Converting Kisladag From Heap Leach to Milling
The new mill is planned to produce 270,000 oz/y over a project life of nine years. Processing will be based on a conventional carbon-in-pulp circuit. Throughput capacity is planned at 13 million metric ton per year (mt/y), processing feed grading 0.81 grams/mt at a recovery rate averaging 80.1%.
Preproduction capital costs for the mill project are budgeted at $520 million. All-in sustaining costs of production are forecast at $793/oz. The project is expected to begin commissioning in late 2020, with first production expected in the first half of 2021.
Eldorado discovered the Kisladag deposit in the late 1990s during a regional grassroots exploration program. The project produced its first doré in May 2006 and reached commercial production in July of that year.