Company plans to reopen Santa Barbara gold mine in Colombia

The mine restart program includes a 300% increase in leaching capacity.
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Mina de oro Santa Barbara

Aguia Resources revealed its intention to reopen the Santa Barbara gold mine (known for its high grade), located in Colombia. This decision follows the acquisition of Andean Mining, the company that owned the entire mine. This project covers approximately 320 hectares and is located in the northern part of the Serranía de San Lucas.

The acquisition has been completed just in time to coincide with an internal study to improve mine operations. to improve the mine’s operations . But it is important to note that previous operations by the previous owners included a pilot project involving the mining and processing of 500 tons of ore over a 10-month period.

This pilot project confirmed the technical feasibility of the site, which is a positive indicator for future operations.

Aguia Resources upgrades Santa Bárbara gold mine

The 6-month restart program includes several significant plant improvements. These include an increase in processing capacity to 50 tons per day (tpd) and the installation of a new crushing circuit that will allow processing between 200 and 330 tpd. Additionally, it is planned to increase the leaching capacity by 300%, together with the implementation of a Merrill Crowe circuit and a new smelting room.

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It is also planned to improve power generation by adding additional generators.

Subway operations will resume with the start-up of the Santa Barbara tunnel, a new tunnel and development at the Mariana mine. In addition, the plan includes the installation of larger compressors and the adoption of advanced mining techniques. advanced mining techniques. The infrastructure improvements also include the construction of accommodations, administrative facilities, roads and security measures.

Aguia Resources has indicated that previous pilot operations have provided a solid foundation for the reactivation of the mine, with the expectation of generating significant operating cash flow upon reopening.

Statements by Aguia’s president

Finally, Warwick Grigor, president of Aguia, expressed his satisfaction with the unanimous acceptance of the takeover offer by the shareholders of Andean Mining. He stated that the focus now is entirely on establishing a strong and sustainable cash generating operation at Santa Barbara, with the expectation of showcasing the potential of the high grade deposits present in the area.

The reopening of the Santa Barbara mine promises economic benefits and also has the potential to generate employment and improve local infrastructure, thus contributing to the socioeconomic development of the region.

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Source: mining-technology

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