Mining operations

We aim to optimise capacity and recovery rates by adjusting mining methods and beneficiation processes, generate continuous improvements in productivity and cost controls, and leverage expansion opportunities. We remain competitively positioned in cash cost performance. 

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Fresnillo

Location: Zacatecas

Mine production FY 15
Silver (koz) 15,612
Gold (oz) 34,120
Lead (kt) 16,248
Zinc (kt) 19,029
Ownership:
100% Fresnillo plc
Location:
Zacatecas
Commodity:
Silver
Operational since:
1554
Facilities:
Underground mine and flotation plant
Workforce:
946 employees, 1,698 contractors
Milling Capacity:
8,000 tpd / 2,640,000 tpy
Average ore grade in reserves:
296 Silver g/t, 0.77 Gold g/t
Total Reserves:
201.6 moz Silver, 525,000 oz Gold
Mine Life:
8 years (2014: 10.2)
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Saucito

Location: Zacatecas

Mine production FY 15
Silver (koz) 21,984
Gold (oz) 84,884
Lead (kt) 20,740
Zinc (kt) 21,023
Ownership:
100% Fresnillo plc
Location:
Zacatecas 8km SW of the Fresnillo mine
Commodity:
Silver, Gold
Operational since:
2011
Facilities:
Underground mine and flotation plants
Workforce:
379 employees, 906 contractors
Milling Capacity :
(2015): 6,600 tpd / 2,200,000 tpy
Average ore grade in reserves:
313 g/t Silver, 1.75 g/t Gold
Mine Life:
5.2 (at 7,500 tpd capacity), (2014: 6.0 at 4,600 tpd capacity)
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Ciénega (incl. San Ramón satellite)

Location: Durango

Mine production FY 15
Gold (Koz) 85,662
Silver (koz) 4,828
Lead (kt) 5,425
Zinc (kt) 5,970
Ownership:
100% Fresnillo plc
Location:
Durango
Commodity:
Gold, Silver
Operational since:
1992
Facilities:
Underground mine, flotation and leaching plant
Workforce:
470 employees, 314 contractors
Milling Capacity:
4,000 tpd / 1,340,000 tpy
Average ore grade in reserves:
1.89 Gold g/t, Silver 162 g/t
Total Reserves:
810,000 Gold (oz), 69.20 Silver (Moz)
Mine Life:
10.0 years (2014: 11.4)
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Herradura

Location: Sonora

Mine production FY 15
Gold (oz) 398,866
Silver (koz) 526
Ownership:
Minera Penmont (100% Fresnillo plc)
Location:
Sonora
Commodity:
Gold
Operational since:
1997
Facilities:
Open-pit, heap leach & Merrill-Crowe plants; DLP
Workforce:
1,237 employees, 409 contractors
Average ore grade in reserves:
0.79 g/t Gold
Total Reserves:
5.34 moz Gold
Mine Life:
9.2 years (2014: 9.4)
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Soledad-Dipolos

Location: Sonora

Mine production FY 15
Gold (oz) -
Silver (koz) -
Ownership:
Minera Penmont (100% Fresnillo plc)
Location:
Sonora
Commodity:
Gold
Operational since:
2010
Facilities:
Open-pit, heap leach & Merrill-Crowe plant (smelting at Herradura)
Workforce:
405 employees, 388 contractors (ca.)
Average ore grade in reserves:
0.64 g/t Gold
Total Reserves:
436,000 oz Gold
Mine Life:
N/A
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Noche Buena

Location: Sonora

Mine production FY 15
Gold (oz) 158,179
Silver (koz) 73
Ownership:
Minera Penmont (100% Fresnillo plc)
Location:
Sonora (23km from Herradura)
Commodity:
Gold
Operational since:
2012
Facilities:
Open-pit mine, heap leach and Merrill-Crowe plant
Workforce:
431 employees, 508 contractors
Average Ore Grade in Reserves:
0.56 Gold g/t
Mine Life:
3.3 years (2014: 4.0)
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