Burnstone mine
headgear, with full
moon in the background
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 14 October 2010 – Great Basin Gold Limited (GBG) – the emerging mid-tier gold producer poised to launch production at its Burnstone mine in South Africa “’ has announced that its metallurgical plant project, one of the final steps in the start-up of the mine, remains on track.

In a statement issued here the company said that successful commissioning of the SAG mill and ball mill had taken place and had gone very smoothly;

The statement added that development muck had initially been run through the system during the test period to fill lockup areas. Conveyors had been run at low speed to assess if there were any problem areas, and all mills and conveyors had performed well. Crushing had been continuing with 3 000t processed.

“The current focus is to commission the gravity circuit, which will be followed by the carbon-in-leach circuit,” the statement continued. “The first gold pour is expected before the end of October 2010.”

Commissioning of the vertical shaft is progressing well with both conveyances tested and shaft signaling devices already in place. “The shaft is scheduled to be inspected by the Department of Mineral Resources today for final testing and licensing,” GBG said.

GBG president and CEO Ferdi Dippenaar commented: “Commissioning of the two mills is a significant milestone, and attention has now shifted to the remaining metallurgical plant infrastructure.”