Equinox Gold reports that the new primary jaw crusher at its Aurizona Gold Mine in Brazil has been energised and dry tested with the expectation of putting first ore through the system in early January 2019. The project is nearly complete and on schedule to achieve commercial production around the end of Q1-2019. The mining contractor at the operation is U&M Mineração e Construção S/A (U&M) and the EPCM contractor is Ausenco Engineering Canada.
- Crusher circuit including vibrating feeder has been energised and dry tested
- Commissioning team ramping up and training programs are underway
- Engineering and procurement activities are complete
- Tailings storage facility is complete
- Powerline sub-station upgrades are complete and awaiting final verification by the state utility
- Ancillary buildings and facilities are complete
- At the end of November, processing plant construction was 90% complete
- Concrete work is complete
- Structural steel erection is 96% complete
- Equipment and plate work installation is 86% complete
- Piping is 76% complete
- Electrical and instrumentation is 50% complete
- Pre-production mining is nearing completion
- More than 6.4 Mt of material moved
- 730,000 t of ore stockpiled and ready for commissioning
The construction team is focused on piping, electrical and instrumentation. The main transmission line is ready to provide full energization to all equipment, and site-wide distribution circuits to local electrical rooms are being commissioned to enable testing of individual equipment components.
Equinox Gold commenced full-scale construction at Aurizona in January 2018 and pre-production mining in April 2018. Approximately $116 million was spent at the end of November 30, 2018, including fiscal 2017 spending related to construction activities. The project remains fully funded. In addition to existing cash reserves, the company has $10 million remaining to draw against its $85 million construction credit facility.