NEW YORK Trevali Mining Corp.s Santender zinc-lead-silver mine in Peru is performing well after its first month in operation.
The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company said it has processed 35,000 tonnes of zinc and produced 1,200 tonnes of zinc concentrate since the mine began production Aug. 15.
The companys mill performance and commissioning ramp-up has increased from about 500 tonnes per day to 1,500 to 1,600 tonnes, around 75 percent of its nameplate 2,000-tonne-per-day capacity, Trevali said. The company said it will reach full capacity by the fourth quarter.
"We are very encouraged with the excellent progress being achieved in the Santander mill commissioning, which is a testament to the dedication and skill set of the operations team," Trevali president and chief executive officer Mark Cruise said in a statement. "With significant concentrate inventory now in our on-site warehouse facilities, our maiden concentrate shipments are scheduled to commence later in the month."
Trevali completed construction of the mine in April (amm.com, April 11). On Aug. 8, a week before production started, an employee was killed and another was injured during underground preparations to open the mine, according to the company.
Trevali also owns the Caribou Mine and the Halfmile Mine in New Brunswick. The company began production at Halfmile in 2012 and expects to begin production at Caribou in 2014.