Great Panther Silver Ltd. said June 1 that it has completed the commissioning of the refurbished processing plant at its Topia silver mine in Mexico and is now operating at planned capacity.
Operations at the plant were suspended in December 2016 to facilitate plant upgrades and transition to a new tailings facility, but the Mexican Environmental Authority denied the company's request for the change in use of soils permit for the phase two tailings facility.
Currently, Great Panther continues to deposit dry tailings at the existing phase one tailings facility while working on resolving an outstanding permit condition.
Discussions to date with the authorities and other interests have been positive and are continuing, the miner added, noting that it remains optimistic that the permitting issue will be resolved in the coming weeks, although it can't provide complete assurance on the matter.
Great Panther expects to be able to process all of the ore stockpiled during the shutdown through the balance of 2017 and said higher ore grades of the stockpiled ore puts the company in good position to meet its production guidance for the year.
Run-of-mine ore is now being processed along with the stockpiled ore and the silver grade of ore milled year-to-date has increased by about 18% through the commissioning phase compared to 2016 levels due to improved grade control at the mines.