San Julián (Phase I)
The San Julián silver-gold project is a cornerstone of the Company’s 2018 production goals. The geological potential identified in the region thus far may be sufficient to establish a new mining district in the future.
|Ownership:||100% Fresnillo plc|
|Facilities:||Underground mine, flotation plant and a dynamic leaching plant|
|Commercial Production:||2Q 2016 (phase I) / 2Q 2017 (phase II)|
|Anticipated Production:||Avg. annual production of 10.3 moz silver and 44.0 koz gold|
|Indicated & inferred resources:||176.6 moz silver, 710 koz gold|
|Life of Mine:||13 Years|
The San Julián project includes construction of two plants: i) a dynamic leaching plant to treat ore from the veins and ii) a flotation plant with 6,000 tpd capacity to process ore from the disseminated body. Average commercial production is estimated at 10.3 million ounces of silver and 44,000 ounces gold per year, once at full capacity (2017).
The leaching plant (Phase I) at San Julián has been in operation since mid-August 2016 and has since surpassed its 3,000 tpd nominal milling capacity, reaching 3,600 tpd. As a result of the ramp-up, silver and gold production were 2.1 moz and 31 koz, respectively (2016). With the additional optimisation projects, milling capacity at the leaching plant is expected to further increase to 4,000 tpd in 2017.
|Ore processed (t)||301,235||121,833||147.3||423,069|