Ramp Up Initiated to Take Throughput to 3,600 TPD From 3,000 TPD
TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX: SMT) (BVL: SMT) (NYSE AMERICAN: SMTS) ("Sierra Metals" or "the Company") reports that the Company's expansion plans are on track at the Bolivar Mine in Mexico. In July 2018 we announced the results of a preliminary economic assessment at Bolivar to achieve a sustainable and staged increase in mine production and mill throughput from 3,000 tonnes per day ("TPD"), to 3,600 TPD in Q1-2019, and to 5,000 TPD by mid-2020.
Completion of the expansion included the installation of a refurbished mill, an electrical substation with 1250 KVA of capacity, a secondary crusher and a hydrocyclone cluster that allows for finer grind size optionality that is estimated to provide a 6% increase in copper recoveries from 80% to 86% at Bolivar Mine. The expansion was completed with a world class safety performance with zero lost time incidents and zero accidents reported. The Company used local engineering firms and local qualified contractors and technicians for the expansion project, with Sierra Metals staff conducting most of the supervision.
Igor Gonzales, President and CEO of Sierra Metals commented, "We are very pleased with the progress made with our expansion plans at the Bolivar Mine. With the early completion of construction at the Piedras Verdes Mill, we will deliver on our goal of a 20% increase in production from 3,000 TPD to 3,600 TPD, in Q1-2019."
"The expansion at Bolivar represents the first of many exciting milestones for Sierra Metals in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of creating additional value to the company and its shareholders. This expansion will contribute through a 20% increase in production rates, a 6% increase in copper recoveries and a decrease in costs per unit."
He concluded, "With increased production capacity at Bolivar Mine, we remain focused on our brownfield exploration program and the importance of continuing to add to our reserves and resources. With the discovery of future resource additions, we believe that this expansion will allow for potential new copper pounds discovered to be incorporated into production plans earlier than if the Company had maintained a lower capacity level."
Image 1: Process Flow Diagram
Image2: Electrical Substation
Image 3: New Mill
??Image 4: Hydrocyclone Cluster, Secondary Crusher and Flash Cell
About Sierra Metals
Sierra Metals Inc. is Canadian based growing polymetallic mining company with production from its Yauricocha Mine in Peru, and its Bolivar and Cusi Mines in Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing production volume and growing mineral resources. Sierra Metals has recently had several new key discoveries and still has many more exciting brownfield exploration opportunities at all three Mines in Peru and Mexico that are within close proximity to the existing mines. Additionally, the Company also has large land packages at all three mines with several prospective regional targets providing longer-term exploration upside and mineral resource growth potential.
The Company's Common Shares trade on the Bolsa de Valores de Lima and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "SMT" and on the NYSE American Exchange under the symbol "SMTS".
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