Para Resources Inc. said June 8 that it recommissioned the mill at its El Limon gold project in Colombia during May after an extensive 18-month renovation and upgrade.
The full commissioning of the mill is expected to take three to four months to reach full design capacity of more than 200 tonnes per day.
The plan focused initially on achieving the design recovery of 85% with low throughput tonnage. Once the desired recovery was achieved, the throughput was gradually increased.
During 24-day operations in May, the mill produced 206.5 gold ounces, with a head grade of 4.91 g/t of gold at an average 84.9% recovery rate.
"The results of the first three weeks of commissioning are consistent with our plan and we expect the metrics to improve across the board over the coming months," Para Resources President Ian Harris said in the statement.
Para Resources is targeting producing between 13,500 ounces and 15,000 ounces of gold from processing 60,000 tonnes of material from El Limon this year.