Trevali provides Caribou Zinc Mine commissioning update
December 9, 2015
Vancouver, British Columbia: Trevali Mining Corporation ("Trevali" or the "Company") (TSX: TV; BVL: TV; OTCQX: TREVF; Frankfurt: 4TI) provides a November mine and mill commissioning update for its Caribou Zinc Mine in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick. A detailed description and discussion is provided below and progress highlights are as follows:
Table 1: Caribou Mill - key commissioning & preliminary production statistics (figures rounded)
|Q3-2015||October 2015||November 2015|
|Average Mill Tonnes-per-day (TPD)||2,210||1,726||2,050|
|Average Head Grades %|
|Silver - Oz (ounces)/ton||1.6oz||1.8oz||1.9oz|
|Average Recoveries %|
|Silver (in Lead concentrate)||20.6%||29.6%||27.2%|
|Concentrate Produced DMT (dry metric tonnes):|
|Concentrate Grades %|
|Silver - Oz (ounces)/ton||3.9 oz/t||4.0 oz/t||4.4 oz/t|
|Silver - Oz (ounces)/ton||16.1 oz/t||17.0 oz/t||16.6 oz/t|
Caribou commissioning continued to advance through November, achieving steady, ongoing, month-to-month site improvements for the core metrics. Importantly both mill throughput and recoveries using planned run-of-mine feed grades continue to display positive trends versus both October and commissioning year-to-date (Table 1). This has resulted in increased zinc and lead concentrate production that is purchased by our offtake partner Glencore.
Mill commissioning remains ahead of schedule and has transitioned seamlessly to owner-operated production at the end of November. Trevali's consultant metallurgist Holland and Holland Engineering continues to remain on site to further assist in ongoing Caribou mill optimization. Additionally, Glencore's corporate technical support team has been providing valued, ongoing input to assist the current commissioning ramp-up program.
The key focus during December remains on mill throughput and recoveries, in addition to grind optimization, zinc and lead circuit pumping enhancements, and ongoing copper circuit metallurgical test work.
Underground ("UG") operations continue to ramp up according to schedule with production increasing to approximately 2,133-tonnes-per-day (tpd) in November (versus a 1,950 tpd rate during October). Mining dilution dropped to 14% in November, versus 20% in October and 22-25% in the 2014 Preliminary Economic Assessment mine plan, due to ongoing optimization initiatives including modified stope blast sequencing to reduce the time vertical walls are exposed and improved stope mucking cycle time to reduce the time vertical walls are exposed prior to stope backfilling. Additionally, recent arrival of the larger-capacity UG haul fleet is allowing UG operations to remain on track to meet the end-of-quarter production goal of 2,500 tpd.
"Our Caribou mine and mill teams continue to ramp-up operations in the current commissioning process, delivering the highest monthly zinc and lead concentrate output to date in November. Based on current throughput and recovery trends for both the mill and UG operations we are on track to declare commercial production in Q1-2016, approximately a full-quarter ahead of schedule," stated Dr. Mark Cruise, Trevali's President and CEO. "On a macro-scale, zinc continues to display the strongest short-term fundamentals of all the base metals (perhaps with the exception of lead, of which we also produce significant quantities). Global zinc mine closures have been accelerating however the full impact of well documented concentrate supply constraints has yet to be felt. LME zinc warehouse drawdown rates have recently increased to almost double its normal pace while spot treatment charges have been dropping in conjunction with announced smelter closures globally, suggestive of a tightening zinc concentrate market. Given Trevali's strong zinc exposure and leverage, the Company is well positioned to crystallize value from strengthening in zinc (and lead) prices going forward."
Qualified Person and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
EurGeol Dr. Mark D. Cruise, Trevali's President and CEO, and Paul Keller, P.Eng, Trevali's Chief Operating Officer, are qualified persons as defined by NI 43-101, have supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release. Dr. Cruise is not independent of the Company as he is an officer, director and shareholder. Mr. Keller is not independent of the Company as he is an officer and shareholder.
ABOUT TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
Trevali is a zinc-focused, base metals mining company with one producing operation in Peru and another currently undergoing commissioning in Canada.
In Peru, the Company is actively producing zinc and lead-silver concentrates from its 2,000-tonne-per-day Santander mine.
In Canada, Trevali owns the Caribou mine and mill, Halfmile mine and Stratmat deposit all located in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick. The Company is currently commissioning its 3,000-tonne-per-day Caribou mine.
All of the Company's deposits remain open for expansion.
The common shares of Trevali are listed on the TSX (symbol TV), the OTCQX (symbol TREVF), the Lima Stock Exchange (symbol TV), and the Frankfurt Exchange (symbol 4TI). For further details on Trevali, readers are referred to the Company's website (www.trevali.com) and to Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
"Mark D. Cruise" (signed)
Mark D. Cruise, President
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Phone: (604) 488-1661 / Direct: (604) 638-5623
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Trevali's production plan at the Caribou Mine is based only on measured, indicated and inferred resources, and not mineral reserves, and does not have demonstrated economic viability. Trevali's production plan at the Santander Mine is based only on indicated and inferred mineral resources, and not mineral reserves, and does not have demonstrated economic viability. Inferred mineral resources are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is therefore no certainty that the conclusions of the production plans and Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) will be realized. Additionally, where Trevali discusses exploration/expansion potential, any potential quantity and grade is conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the target being delineated as a mineral resource.
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