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 FY16
Silver (koz) 15,865
Gold (oz) 42,421
Lead (kt) 21,326
Zinc (kt) 25,898
Ownership:
100% Fresnillo plc
Location:
Zacatecas
Commodity:
Silver
Operational since:
1554
Facilities:
Underground mine and flotation plant
Workforce:
980 employees, 1,703 contractors
Milling Capacity:
8,000 tpd / 2,640,000 tpy
Average ore grade in reserves:
258 Silver g/t, 0.75 Gold g/t
Total Reserves:
205.5 moz Silver, 600 oz Gold
Mine Life:
9.4 years (2015: 8)
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Saucito

Location: Zacatecas

Mine production FY16
Silver (koz) 21,946
Gold (oz) 86,198
Lead (kt) 20,935
Zinc (kt) 23,498
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:
773 employees, 1,337 contractors
Milling Capacity :
7,800 tpd/2,600,000 tpy
Average ore grade in reserves:
245 g/t Silver, 1.72 g/t Gold
Mine Life:
5.9 (at 7,800 tpd capacity), (2015: 5.2 at 7,500 tpd capacity)
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Ciénega (incl. San Ramón satellite)

Location: Durango

Mine production FY16
Gold (Koz) 72,851
Silver (koz) 5,131
Lead (kt) 5,883
Zinc (kt) 7,450
Ownership:
100% Fresnillo plc
Location:
Durango
Commodity:
Gold, Silver
Operational since:
1992
Facilities:
Underground mine, flotation and leaching plant
Workforce:
469 employees, 340 contractors
Milling Capacity:
4,000 tpd / 1,340,000 tpy
Average ore grade in reserves:
2.00 Gold g/t, Silver 162 g/t
Total Reserves:
820 oz Gold, 66.3 moz Silver
Mine Life:
10.0 years
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Herradura (incl. DLP)

Location: Sonora

Mine production FY16
Gold (oz) 520,366
Silver (koz) 638
Ownership:
Minera Penmont (100% Fresnillo plc)
Location:
Sonora
Commodity:
Gold
Operational since:
1997
Facilities:
Open-pit, heap leach & Merrill-Crowe plants; DLP
Workforce:
1,228 employees, 394 contractors
Average ore grade in reserves:
0.73 g/t Gold
Total Reserves:
5.2 moz Gold
Mine Life:
8.6 (2015: 9.2)
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Soledad-Dipolos

Location: Sonora

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

Location: Sonora

Mine production FY16
Gold (oz) 182,280
Silver (koz) 33
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:
429 employees, 424 contractors
Average Ore Grade in Reserves:
0.51 Gold g/t
Mine Life:
3.2 years
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