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.
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
"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."
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.