West African gold developer Tietto Minerals appears to be on an unwavering path towards precious metal production at its 3.45 million ounce Abujar project in Ivory Coast, with construction work at the site well advanced. . The company is gearing up for a year-end first gold pour and has compiled an impressive list of development milestones associated with its mine site infrastructure.
Recent structural works in Abujar have seen its accommodation and cafeteria take shape, its gold processing equipment being built and work on its ore crushing systems nearing completion.
Assuming all goes according to plan, the company says the project could produce more than 260,000 ounces of gold in its first year of production and 1.2 million ounces in the first six.
Management has high hopes for Abujar and has previously suggested the asset has all the hallmarks of a major gold operation, including ground laden with high-grade mineralization and strong commercial support as the project is fully funded. up to production.
The company plans to continue extracting value from Abujar using its “drill and build strategy”.
The plan will see the developer continue to hunt for gold across its 1,100+ square kilometer land package while coming full circle to its production ambitions through the development of the Abujar surface mine.
Tietto already has a foot on a resource of 98.7 million tonnes at the project grading 1.1 grams of gold per tonne for 3.45 million ounces of the precious yellow metal.
Abujar’s gold resources are contained in three of its deposits.
The AG deposit contains a resource of 55.2 million tonnes at 1.4 g/t gold for 2.43 million ounces while the southern APG deposit hosts an inventory of 41.9 million tonnes containing 0, 7 g/t of gold for 0.96 million tons.
Further north, at the SG deposit, the company holds 1.6 million tonnes at 1.2 g/t gold for 0.06 million ounces of gold.
Tietto has his sights set on a series of targets within a 20km radius of the project and wants to finish testing the zones by the end of the year – a game he hopes could add even more ounces to its already large reserves.
The company will target all potential expansions using its six company-owned diamond rigs. The space-saving equipment allows Tietto to achieve an extremely economical drill rate of just US$35 per meter and can be easily mobilized to its new targets.
As Tietto continues his construction and drilling efforts in Abujar, he could expect a frantic end to the year, with the potential crescendo being his first gold pour in December.
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