Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX.V, ASM: NYSE - MKT; “Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to report that the dewatering operation of the Avino mine was completed as of May 28, 2014. This operation was initiated on November 24th, 2012 for a total of 482 days. During this period, a total of 1,013,069 cubic metres of acidic water were pumped and treated for the removal of base metals using lime. The treated water, which met agricultural standards for discharge was used for mill processes and the excess was gravity fed to the company built La Caricol dam; sludge from the water treatment was disposed of in the tailings storage facility.
“We are excited to be entering the final phase of our current expansion on time and on budget. The expansion will significantly increase our precious metal output starting in the fourth quarter. Avino will continue to grow rapidly and become a successful low-cost producer vaulting to mid-tier status in 2015.”
With the mine dewatering complete, rehabilitation work on the ramp and the mining area of level 11.5 has commenced. Broken mineralized material that was blasted and ready for haulage in 2001 have been identified. This material has been sampled and assayed in the mine laboratory to determine grade and will be hauled to the surface stockpiles if deemed viable for processing. Service piping for air and water, together with the electrical cables are being strung to prepare for mining.
A building to house a one Megawatt generator and air compressor has undergone the necessary repairs and is nearing completion. This equipment which is in stock has been ordered from Caterpillar/Maqsa using the credit facility. The equipment is now ready for installation upon the completion of the building repairs. The generator will supply underground power for the jumbo, ventilation fans and mine pumps. The air compressor will supply compressed air for the drills and the shotcrete machine for ground control.
A new jumbo and scoop for production mining are now on site and will be put into operation once all the services are in place.
Caterpillar/Maqsa who have been commissioned to construct the power line to supply power from the CFE grid to mill circuit 3 have advised us that they are on schedule to have grid power available by the fourth quarter of this year provided there are no delays in the permitting process or with the landowners affected by the power line. Ongoing discussions have been amicable.
In the process plant, efforts are underway to ensure all the long lead items will be delivered on time as per the supplier’s schedule.
- Crushing plant screens - June delivery
- Mill clutch and starter - July delivery
- 40ft Thickener Mechanism - June delivery
- Filter Press - equipment being packaged for delivery from Italy - August delivery
Based on the above delivery schedules, the Company is confident Circuit #3 will be ready as noted in our project schedule in the fourth quarter of this year.
Avino’s projects are under the supervision of Chris Sampson, P.Eng, Avino Consultant and Jasman Yee P.Eng, Avino Director, who are both qualified persons within the context of National Instrument 43-101. Both have reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release but are not responsible for other info.
Avino is a silver and gold producer operating the Avino property located in Durango, Mexico. The Company’s mission is to become the next mid-tier silver producer through profitable organic growth at the Avino property. 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.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
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