Canadian-owned Otso Gold has restarted production at its operation near Raahe, Finland, and has also poured first gold at the site.
Processing is currently running at a rate of about 4,000 tonnes of ore daily and, with blasting occurring four times weekly, the miner is ramping up to a nameplate capacity of 6,000 t/d.
Additionally, during the past month, Otso confirmed the completion of a further 6,000 meters of grade control reverse circulation drilling to underpin detailed mine planning.
Officials said first doré gold could be sold from the site this week.
The mine’s restart comes after all preparatory work was completed by about 140 full-time staff. Otso said another 128 contractors will be additionally retained to provide permanent services at the complex.
“This is a major milestone for the company and represents the dedication and commitment of the team,” CEO Brian Wesson said.
“We look forward to continuing towards long term, sustainable commercial production over the following weeks.”
The Otso gold mine is fully permitted and has all infrastructure in place. It is comprised of two open pits.
Source: Otso Gold