Entering text into the input field will update the search result below

Cleveland Mining To Increase Gold Recoveries With New Processing Circuit At Premier

Jul. 08, 2013 2:34 AM ET
Please Note: Blog posts are not selected, edited or screened by Seeking Alpha editors.

Cleveland Mining (ASX:CDG) has received the licence to install a carbon-in-leaching processing plant that would significantly boost gold recoveries at its Premier Gold mine in Brazil.

The processing of the ore with a cyanide is likely to result in gold recoveries of between 80% to 97% from current levels of 50% to 64%.

The new CIL plant will also reprocess an estimated 200,000 - 300,000 tonnes of gold-bearing tailings from historic mining activities and 50,000 tonnes of 1.18g/t tailings stored by the company in addition to processing any future production.

Cleveland Mining's managing director David Mendelawitz said, "Even with the current gold price and using only the gravity circuit, Premier is anticipated to be cash-flow- positive during the next quarter.

"Our explicit aim was to be able to make money at the bottom of the commodity price cycle, in times such as these. To our knowledge, we are the only listed microcap company producing gold in Brazil and the hard work and forward-thinking are starting to pay off.

"Using cyanide will substantially increase recovery with what is expected to be only a small increase in operating expenses," he added.

Plant upgrade

The company produced about 30 kilograms of gold dore in the last three months despite the processing plant operating at 66% of nameplate capacity and being offline for half the time due to mechanical issues.

The significant production rate shows that even with the current gravity plant, the company can produce the targeted 10,000-20,000 ounces per annum of gold with the low grade ore being mined.

To boost production, major alterations to the ball mill is being done and the cyclones are being reconfigured. A higher grade feed is also being mined from the Premier underground.

Mendelawitz said, "Whilst the mill has been under repair we have mined, crushed and stockpiled around 30,000 tonnes of ore that is expected to contain roughly 60kg of gold, ready for the anticipated resumption of processing in the next few weeks."


The receipt of an installation licence for a carbon-in-leach processing plant and potential to boost recoveries is a milestone for Cleveland Mining, which recently completed a $10 million funding facility with Baycrest Capital.

Once the mill is fixed, the current gravity plant can likely produce the targeted 10,000 - 20,000 ounces per annum.

Cleveland was set up to acquire projects that would earn money even at the lower end of the commodity cycle, and that is precisely what it is doing.

Premier is on track to be cash flow positive in the next quarter, a significant achievement at the lower gold price prevailing at present. We consider the market may not have picked up on this sufficiently and believe in tandem with today's announcement is value accretive from current share price of $0.088.

Proactive Investors Australia is the market leader in producing news, articles and research reports on ASX "Small and Mid-cap" stocks with distribution in Australia, UK, North America and Hong Kong / China.

Seeking Alpha's Disclosure: Past performance is no guarantee of future results. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. Any views or opinions expressed above may not reflect those of Seeking Alpha as a whole. Seeking Alpha is not a licensed securities dealer, broker or US investment adviser or investment bank. Our analysts are third party authors that include both professional investors and individual investors who may not be licensed or certified by any institute or regulatory body.

Recommended For You

To ensure this doesn’t happen in the future, please enable Javascript and cookies in your browser.
Is this happening to you frequently? Please report it on our feedback forum.
If you have an ad-blocker enabled you may be blocked from proceeding. Please disable your ad-blocker and refresh.