Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (“Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide the following update of activities at its Avino’s mine operation located near Durango, Mexico.
San Gonzalo Development
The decline from level 3 to level 4 has been completed and work on the ramp to level 5 has commenced. Drifting is set to begin along the vein at level 4 with roughly 300 meters of vein to explore. In order to avoid bad ground conditions posed by the close proximity of the old shaft, a Y crosscut from the ramp to the vein has been completed. Water has been encountered at this working level of the ramp and is being pumped to surface via 3 stages in order to maintain the daily ramp advance.
Drifting on the San Gonzalo vein on the 3rd level has been completed. Assays from the channel samples along the vein were reported in our previous news release dated May 7th 2012 apart for some additional lines from the North West drift towards the old mine workings which has been extended a further 45 metres. Sample lines L59P to L88P are spaced at approximate 1.5m intervals across the vein, see the map on Avino’s website for details. Assay results for the initial 25 metres are as follows:
Strike Length (m)
Vein Average Width (m)
Individual Sample Width (m)
Including: Line 66
Including: Line 67
Including: Line 70
Development on stope 3-200 east of the crosscut is continuing with completion of two raises, extraction drift and draw points. Mining activities have also begun on the western portion of the vein next to the old workings on a new second stope (3-100). Currently, there are 2 mining crews per shift and 3 shifts per day working on these stopes in order to speed up development.
The power line servicing the San Gonzalo mine is now in place and was energized by the power company (CFE) at the end of May. Capacity of the line is 400kW and its installation replaces the diesel generator that was used since mining commenced about 2 years ago. Grid power is now available to operate our dewatering pumps, underground diamond drill and the jumbo once it is repaired and put into service. With the shutdown of the generator, the entrance to the portal is now very quiet and free of exhaust fumes.
Total stockpile tonnage from San Gonzalo to date is approximately 16,000 tonnes and consists of development and mineralized material from levels 2 and 3.
ET (Avino) Development
Permits have been solicited for the treatment of the mine water so dewatering operations can commence. A pilot water treatment plant has been constructed as per the permit conditions and is now about 90% complete. The mine dewatering pumps and requisite 6” and 4” plastic pipes are now on site ready for installation. The supply of lime for neutralization and heavy metal precipitation has been sourced and tested. Permitting of the new tailings storage facility is also ongoing.
Sampling of the remaining historic stockpiles is ongoing with the aim of providing additional mill feed to the plant. So far this program has been very successful with additional tonnage identified as potential mill feed at current metal prices.
A review of the underground workings by mine personnel above the water level is also taking place to identify potential mining areas for mill feed; this represents part of the exploration program aimed at reopening the ET (Avino) mine.
With the increase in power demand that is expected from re-opening the mine as well as the operation of the 1,000tpd mill circuit, Avino has had discussions with CFE and is also looking at alternative solutions.
Milling operations have continued with the processing of old Avino ET stockpiles at the rate of approximately 220tpd. The mill has been operating 7 days per week at 24 hours per day since the beginning of March. The company will continue with this mill work schedule as there is an abundant supply of mill feed. During the second quarter, the mill processed an estimated 16,900 tonnes of feed material producing 134 tonnes of concentrate grading approximately 3,290 g/t silver and 42 g/t gold; plant availability was 91.8%. Concentrate produced in the first six months of the year were sold and trucked to Manzanillo, Mexico in 2 lot shipments.
According to the provisional invoice of the first lot, a total of 243 tonnes were sold grading 38 g/t gold and 3,040 g/t silver.
Assays of the channel samples were analyzed at Inspectorate labs in Reno. Gold analyses were by 30-gram fire assay with an atomic absorption finish. Silver, copper, zinc and lead are analyzed as part of a multi-element inductively coupled argon plasma (“ICP”) package using a four-acid digestion with over-limit results for silver being reanalyzed with assay procedures using fire assay and gravimetric. Assays of mill products were performed by SGS Labs in Durango, Mexico, Concentrate shipment assays were performed by ERSA and checked at LSI Minerals in the Netherlands.
Founded in 1968, Avino’s mission is to create shareholder value through profitable organic growth at the historic Avino property near Durango, Mexico. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the community in which we operate.
Our primary goal is to become a significant low cost primary silver producer. Our specific objectives are to achieve full time commercial production as soon as possible, expand resources, reserves and the mines output as well as to identify, explore and develop new targets on the property.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
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