NWM Reports 2012 Production Highlights
TSX Venture Exchange
TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2013 /CNW/ – NWM Mining Corporation (“NWM” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NWM) is pleased to announce 2012 gold production of 19,094 oz. (an increase of 229% on 2011). NWM moved 2,182,631 tonnes of ore to
leach pads and 4,346,038 tonnes of waste to waste dumps at an average
stripping ratio of 2.0:1 during 2012 and completed construction and
permitting for the access road and mining in the Jojoba area. NWM also
staked additional contiguous claims and resolved all outstanding
litigation issues relation to the SART plant during 2012.
-- Full year production of 19,094 oz. of gold (an increase of 229% on 2011) -- Significant improvement in understanding of Lluvia de Oro leach kinetics and ore types -- Modifications completed to ADR columns to improve gold production capacity -- Modifications completed to EW circuit to improve gold production capacity -- Modifications to solution piping and leach pad irrigation to improve gold production capacity -- Resolution to all outstanding litigation issues relating to SART plant -- Successful completion of 4 quarters of commercial gold production -- Ongoing geological review in preparation for drilling program -- Acquisition of 2 additional claims extending contiguous property package to 5,701 Ha -- Completion of access road and permitting for the Jojoba deposit -- Successful appointment of cost effective mining contractor capable of mining ramp up -- Engagement of an experienced, successful mine development management team
The following key production statistics for: 2012 and 2011.
___________________________________________________ |Category | 2012 | 2011 | |_______________________________|_________|_________| |Ore Tonnes Placed on Pads |2,182,631|2,342,340| |_______________________________|_________|_________| |Average Grade (g/t Au) | 0.490| 0.533| |_______________________________|_________|_________| |Waste Tonnes Mined |4,346,038|3,472,273| |_______________________________|_________|_________| |Total Tonnes mined (dry tonnes)|6,528,669|5,814,613| |_______________________________|_________|_________| |Strip Ratio | 2.0| 1.48| |_______________________________|_________|_________| |Gold Ounces Placed on Pads | 35,681| 36,525| |_______________________________|_________|_________| |Gold Ounces Produced | 19,094| 5,804| |_______________________________|_________|_________| |Average Ore Processed (t/d) | 5,980| 6,417| |_______________________________|_________|_________| |Total Mined (t/d) | 17,887| 15,930| |_______________________________|_________|_________|
* Preliminary Figures
“NWM has completed one year of commercial production and is preparing to
ramp up in 2013 to a gold production rate that will approach 35,000 to
45,000 oz. per annum. In 2012 we gained a better understanding of the
interaction between leach kinetics and ore types at Lluvia de Oro and
identified various stratigraphic horizons including those for gold
bearing siltstones, sandstones and sulphides. Our recent metallurgical
test work has allowed us to optimize leach pad operations, and has
contributed to meaningful and sustainable increases in gold recovery.
We have enhanced geological block model information by inclusion of an
additional 116 drill holes previously not included in the model and we
are now preparing to undertake 3,000 meters of reverse circulation
drilling for reserve expansion and mine life extension. Project
economics have been proven in 2012, and NWM is now planning expansion
to reap the benefits of the economies of scale that come from increased
mining rates. The Lluvia-Jojoba property is under-explored and the
planned drill program is expected to add significantly to reserves and
mine life,” said Chris Berlet, CEO.
About NWM Mining Corporation
NWM is in commercial gold production at its wholly owned Lluvia de Oro
and La Jojoba gold mine. The mine is an open pit heap leach operation
in Sonora State, Mexico. Management believes the property is
significantly under-explored and hosts potential to provide further
gold discoveries and resource and reserve upgrades. While management
has focused in the past on developing the mine and supporting cash
flows, the focus in 2013 will shift to increasing mining rates and
drilling to expand geological resources and reserves. Cash flows from
mining operations are expected to be used for exploration which can
result in adding resources and creating shareholder value.
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SOURCE NWM Mining Corporation