14 Dec Orla Mining pours first gold at Camino Rojo mine in Mexico
Orla Mining has successfully achieved first gold pour at its Camino Rojo oxide mine in Mexico, in a development that boss Jason Simpson described as ‘an important milestone in the rapid evolution of our company’.
This accomplishment is the result of the hard work and diligence of the entire team, and we are incredibly proud,” said the president and CEO. “This team includes our employees, our consultants, and our contractors directed by Camino Rojo’s EPCM, M3 Engineering & Technology Corporation.
“In less than two years, we have permitted, financed, and constructed our first project, while maintaining the health and safety of our workforce.”
Camino Rojo is a gold and silver open pit and heap leach mine, located in Zacatecas State in central Mexico. The project is 100% owned by TSX-listed Orla and covers over 160,000 hectares.
The first pour occurred on schedule yesterday, with three bars poured with a total weight of 1,278 ounces containing approximately 770 ounces of gold and 510 ounces of silver. Orla is planning additional pours during the remainder of 2021.
Commissioning and operational ramp-up will continue during December and in the first quarter of 2022. Mining and processing tonnes and grades have been meeting expectations thus far and commercial production is targeted for the end of the first quarter of 2022.
Orla also owns 100% of the Cerro Quema Project in Panama which includes a near-term gold production scenario and various exploration targets. Earlier this month, the company announced an independent mineral resource estimate for the Caballito copper-gold deposit within Cerro Quema.