Empire Resources' Penny's Find gold mine (WA) can now go into full production, thanks to the $7.5 million funding it recently secured in March.
The new binding Term Sheet agreement states that Blue Capital Services will fund operations until the mine's cash flow is positive. The agreement only covers open pit mining, but ensures that it has enough capital to begin the site's initial open pit operations.
A quick turnover
David Sargeant, managing director of Empire, who have a 60 per cent in the site, said he was happy that operations can now begin.
"All agreements for mining, haulage and treatment of Penny's Find gold ore are now satisfactorily in place, allowing the project to make the immediate transition to mining," he said.
"A recently re-designed pit and new mining schedule will also allow Empire to mine at a faster rate than previously anticipated, with considerable cost savings."
The Penny's Find is expected to generate a $7.6 million free cash flow over the open pit mine life of 11 months.
Another Eastern Goldfields jackpot
Just the open pit of Penny's Find has gold resources of approximately 146,000 tonnes grading 4.62 grams per tonne gold for 21,7000 contained ounces. This is located within the first 80 metres from the surface.
However, Empire does eventually plan to take the mine underground – gold mineralisation extends to at least 250 metres below the earth's surface and potentially goes deeper.
Gold mining looking like a good investment
Located 50,000 km northeast of Kalgoorlie, this is one of many mines in Western Australia's prolific eastern goldfields area.
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This is looking like an excellent time for the gold mining industry – Empire Resources' shares are trading up 45 per cent over the past 12 months. The wider view for gold mining is also looking positive, with AUD gold trading at $1,595 per ounce.
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