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Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (TSX:PTM,NYSEMKT:PLG) announced that the Maseve platinum mine completed a 72-hour test run during the hot commissioning of its concentrator facility.

Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (TSX:PTM,NYSEMKT:PLG) announced that the Maseve platinum mine completed a 72-hour test run during the hot commissioning of its concentrator facility.
As a result, Maseve has put out its first concentrate for delivery to Anglo American Platinum Ltd.’s (JSE:AMS) Waterval smelter.
As quoted in the press release:

Approximately 2,226 people are on site and all key management roles for the oversight, training and safe operation of contract mining, mill and tailings personnel are in place. Surface infrastructure including warehouses, workshops, change houses, tailings facility and connections for power and water are all complete. Normal systems analysis, adjustments, and tuning work will be completed from the results of the 72 hour test run over the next few days, after which the mill and concentrate recovery plant is expected to return to a 24 hour per day operation. The mine management team, EPCM contractor DRA and all of the construction team is to be congratulated for a good safety record while construction was completed generally in line with the Company’s updated guidance over the past three years.
Mine development continues with approximately 9 different headings accessing the Merensky Reef from both the North and South declines. Following the established mine plan, the focus over the next 2 to 3 months will be on expanding available stoping areas and mining. Mining methods will vary per mining area. Conventional, hybrid, long hole and board and pillar methods will be employed. Some planned mining methods have changed as local conditions require. Grade and thickness correlations from underground development have been good and areas outside the resource model have been developed on reef. Changes in dip angles and minor faulting (less than 10 meters) have slowed some of the ramp up profiles and new areas are being opened that may add to the ramp up profile.

R. Michael Jones, CEO and co-founder of Platinum Group Metals, commented:

It is very satisfying to see the first concentrate produced and to participate in the commissioning of mine systems from the underground conveyor, into the ore silo, through the mill, flotation and filter press to final product. Our focus now is to aggressively ramp up our production profile and we have a good team of qualified people in place to do this safely and efficiently.

Click here to read the full Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (TSX:PTM,NYSEMKT:PLG) press release.

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