Endeavour’s Ity CIL Project Pours First Gold

Endeavour Mining’s Ity carbon-in-leach (CIL) project in Côte d’Ivoire poured its first gold on March 18, ahead of schedule and under budget. The initial pour yielded approximately 1,800 ounces (oz) of gold. CIL processing at Ity is coming on stream as the property’s heap-leach operations are winding down. Mining and stacking activities for heap leaching ceased in mid-December. Residual gold from the heaps of up to 5,000 oz was scheduled to be recovered during the first quarter of 2019.

Endeavour expected to declare commercial production for Ity CIL early in the second quarter of 2019. Following performance tests already conducted, Endeavour has launched optimization and de-bottlenecking work that is expected to increase plant nameplate capacity from an initial 4 million metric tons per year (mt/y) to 5 million mt/y. cost of $10 million to $15 million. These plant upgrades will be completed during scheduled plant maintenance shutdowns over the next six months.

Endeavour President and CEO Sébastien de Montessus said, “As we approach commercial production, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our in-house construction team for successfully delivering the Ity CIL project ahead of schedule and under budget, with an exceptional safety record of more than 8.5 million hours without a lost-time injury. This first gold pour and the remarkably quick ramp-up period is a transformational event for Endeavour, as the Ity CIL project will quickly contribute to our cash generation potential.”

As featured in Womp 2019 Vol 04 - www.womp-int.com