Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (TSX:DPM) (“DPM” or the “Company”) announced its mine and smelter production results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, and confirmed the timing of the release of third quarter 2017 operating and financial results, together with the related conference call and webcast.
“We are pleased with our third quarter results given continued strong production from Chelopech, improved stability from Tsumeb, and construction progress at Krumovgrad, which remains on track for first gold production in the fourth quarter of 2018,” stated Rick Howes, President and CEO.
On a consolidated basis, ore milled, metals production and complex concentrate smelted in the first nine months of 2017 are tracking in line with the Company’s improved annual guidance.
Third quarter and year-to-date 2017 mine and metals production at the Chelopech mine and complex concentrate smelted at the Tsumeb smelter are provided below.
|Chelopech||Tsumeb||Year 2017 Consolidated|
|Ore milled (‘000s tonnes)||565.7||1,691.1||–||–||2,040 – 2,200|
|Metals contained in concentrate produced|
|Gold (‘000s ounces)||48.4||148.3||–||–||173 – 187|
|Copper (million pounds)||9.5||26.3||–||–||35 – 39|
|Payable metals in concentrate sold|
|Gold (‘000s ounces)||41.9||123.1||–||–||147 – 163|
|Copper (million pounds)||9.4||24.4||–||–||33 – 36|
|Complex concentrate smelted (‘000s tonnes)||–||–||58.0||160.3||210 – 240|
1. As disclosed in Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.
Chelopech gold and copper production during the third quarter was as expected, and in line with the mine plan and Chelopech remains on track to achieve our improved 2017 guidance.
The smelter continues to demonstrate improved performance and stability with third quarter concentrate smelted in line with the previous quarter, despite reduced oxygen availability from the high pressure oxygen plant. The near term focus is on improving availability of the high pressure oxygen plant, which once achieved, will support smelting rates at targeted levels and is expected by mid-late October. The Ausmelt furnace, converters and matte holding furnace are delivering per design and annual complex concentrate smelted is expected to achieve the mid-point of our guidance.
At Krumovgrad, earthworks in the process plant area were completed in the third quarter, and installation of major foundations commenced. Earthworks relating to the construction of the Integrated Mine Waste Facility and installation of major equipment foundations will continue through the fourth quarter. The project remains within budget and is on track for commencement of commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Third Quarter Results
The Company’s third quarter 2017 operating and financial results are expected to be released after market close on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The press release, MD&A and consolidated financial statements will be posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.dundeeprecious.com.
The Company will hold a call and webcast to discuss its third quarter results on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:00 am EST. The call will be hosted by Rick Howes, President and Chief Executive Officer, who will be joined by Hume Kyle, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, together with other members of the executive management team. The call will be accessible via a live webcast and by telephone.
|Third Quarter 2017 Call and Webcast (Listen/View only)|
|Date:||Wednesday, November 8, 2017|
|Time:||9:00 am EST|
|Canada and USA Toll Free:||1-844-264-2104|
|Outside Canada or USA:||1-270-823-1169|
About Dundee Precious Metals
Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is a Canadian based, international gold mining company engaged in the acquisition of mineral properties, exploration, development, mining and processing of precious metals. The Company’s operating assets include the Chelopech operation, which produces a copper concentrate containing gold and silver and a pyrite concentrate containing gold, located east of Sofia, Bulgaria; and the Tsumeb smelter, a complex copper concentrate processing facility located in Namibia. DPM also holds interests in a number of developing gold and exploration properties located in Bulgaria, Serbia, Armenia and Canada, including the Krumovgrad gold project, which started construction in the fourth quarter of 2016 and is expected to commence production in the fourth quarter of 2018, and its 10.4% interest in Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.
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DUNDEE PRECIOUS METALS INC.
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