Caracal Gold plc, the expanding East African gold producer with operations in East Africa and over 650,000oz JORC-compliant gold resources, today announces details of its new heap leach plant.
The Company is pleased to confirm that construction of its new heap leach plant is on schedule and is expected to positively impact cash flow, in line with the Company’s projections. This underscores the Company’s commitment to increase production to 24,000oz pa at its Kilimapesa Gold Mining and Processing Operations.
The heap leach process, with its operational efficiency gains and low operating costs, will enable Caracal to maximise the gold recovered from our Kilimapesa Gold Mining and Processing Operations.
The first 5,000tpm pad for the heap leach operation has been completed, loaded with ore and is being commissioned. This first heap leach pad will act as a ‘pilot plant’, with the full heap leach plant operation to be expanded up to a capacity of 20,000tpm.
The new heap leach operation consists of permanent HDPE lines pads in 5,000tpm modules, with each of these pads to have 3m to 6m high lifts and equipped with drip irrigation. The pads will be constructed in series with a pregnant pond, carbon in solution circuit and barren pond. The carbon arising will be treated in the existing gold elution and smelting facility.
The metallurgical test work completed for the heap leach plant showed excellent gold recoveries, and the initial recoveries from the first 5,000t processed on site are firmly in line with this.
General Manager of the Kilimapesa Gold Mining and Processing, Riaan Lombard said: ” The commissioning of this new facility enables us to treat the 40,000t of low-grade material stockpiled over the last few months and is another key milestone in the major expansion program currently being implemented at our Kilimapesa Gold Mining and Processing Operations.”
Since listing in August 2021, the Company has achieved several key milestones including:
- Building a strong, dedicated and committed workforce team.
- High profile appointments made to senior leadership positions.
- Increasing its group resource and adding to its exploration and production portfolio.
Caracal looks forward to providing shareholders with regular updates over the next few months during this exciting period of growth for the Company.
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