SilverCrest Mines Inc. (TSX:SVL,NYSEMKT:SVLC) announced that the 3,000-tonne-per-day (tpd) mill and facilities (CCD-Merrill Crowe recovery) at its 100-percent-owned Santa Elena mine have been successfully commissioned.
The commissioning period began in early May 2014, and three months of ramp up were planned; they were completed as of August 1, 2014. The Santa Elena mine is currently transitioning from an open-pit heap leach operation to a conventional 3,000-tpd conventional mill facility and underground operation.
Eric Fier, president and COO of SilverCrest, commented :
The announcement of commissioning completion for the new Santa Elena mill and facilities is another major milestone achieved as SilverCrest continues systematic and responsible growth. Our dedicated construction, commissioning and operating teams should be congratulated on their continued efforts toward achieving targets under strict schedules and cash control protocols. We will continue to adjust and optimize all the components of the facilities in efforts to achieve through-put tonnages at or above the nameplate capacity of 3,000 tpd. Our near term focus now turns to achieving further milestones, including underground stope production in August and free cash flow in Q3, 2014.