TSX-listed Endeavour Mining says first ore has been introduced to the process plant milling circuit in preparation for production at its Houndé gold project.Endeavour Mining also states construction at the project in Burkina Faso is progressing ahead of schedule, with over 97% of the total project complete and on-budget, with the first gold pour expected ahead of schedule in the first half of the fourth quarter.
"We are very proud of the progress made in the recent months in spite of the challenges presented by exceptionally heavy rainfall this past wet-season," says Endeavour Mining COO, Jeremy Langford.
"Construction remains on budget and ahead of schedule as we rapidly approach the first gold pour without a lost time injury.
"Moreover, we believe that we have significantly de-risked its start-up with three months' worth of ore feed already stockpiled on the ROM and the transition of the experienced Agbaou processing team to Houndé.
"This confidence has allowed us to continue to aggressively advance Endeavour Mining's high quality project pipeline with a portion of the Hounde construction team already transitioning to the Ity CIL project and the launch of the Kalana updated feasibility study," concludes Langford.
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