Burkina Faso-focused gold miner Avocet Mining says it may have to construct a new process plant at its Inata project, rather than just extend the existing plant, in order to provide more processing flexibility.
The firm is in the process of finding out the optimal processing methods, configuration and location of a new facility, following the doubling of Inata's mineral reserves in January which added a significant volume of fresh ore at depth to the enlarged ore body.
"The study therefore aims to configure a processing facility capable of maximising gold production from ore of different types and metallurgy," Avocet said.
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The company is still undergoing a test work programme - results are expected in June - but anticipates entering construction in late 2012 and commissioning and first gold in late 2013, dependent on the study results.
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