After announcing the commencement of operations three months ago, Aura Minerals said this week its Almas gold mine in Brazil achieved its first pour on 10 August.
Company president and CEO Rodrigo Barbosa said that, since the commencement of production on 23 April, approximately 15,200 tons of ore was processed, 46,000 in June and 106,000 tons in July from the Paiol pit, nearing the nominal capacity of 114,000 tons per month.
The commissioning of the mill is ongoing and above Aura’s expectations with commercial production anticipated in the coming weeks. The company confirmed it is on track to meet its 2023 guidance of between 23,000 to 28,000 ounces.
Barbosa called the first gold pour at Almas a significant milestone, given it is the first-ever greenfield project it has constructed.
“We expect to announce commercial production imminently and look forward to showcasing how Almas will positively impact production and financial outlook,” he said.
Aura’s producing assets include the San Andres gold mine in Honduras, the EPP gold mine in Brazil and the Aranzazu copper-gold-silver mine in Mexico. Aside from Almas, its other projects include the Tolda Fria gold project in Colombia and Borborema, Matupá, São Francisco and Serra da Estrela copper in Brazil.
Source: Aura Minerals