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Dickenson's Red Lake Mine 'on target' to achieve four years of increased production.

Dickenson's Red Lake Mine `on target' to achieve four years of increased production

Production at Dickenson Mines Ltd.'s Red Lake Mine is surpassing projections, says an official at the site.

In the company's 1989 annual report, plans were announced to increase 1990 gold production at the facility to 82,000 ounces from 286,000 tons of ore. In 1989 70,200 ounces of gold were produced from 277,000 tons of ore.

"We're right on target," said mine manager Bruce Bried.

If the projection targets are achieved, it will mark the fourth consecutive year production has increased. According to company figures, the amount of ore milled has steadily increased from 242,000 tons in 1987.

Bried noted that the grading of the ore has also been on target.

"Actually, it's been better than expected," he said.

Company officials had projected an average grade of .32 ounces, while the actual grade has averaged .33 ounces per ton.

Dickenson's chairman of the board, Robert McEwen, said the increased activity at the mine will help strengthen the company's potential for growth, especially if gold prices increase during the year.

Despite expectations to the contrary, the increase in production has not resulted in an increase in the number of employees at the mine, according to Bried.

Officials had stated in the annual report that more workers would be needed to make the production increase possible.

EXPLORATION

The mine site is also performing better than expected in its underground exploration program.

Initial projections in the annual report called for 71,000 feet of diamond drilling and 10,700 feet of mine development in 1990. According to Bried, total development is currently 15 percent ahead of projections.

The amount of diamond drilling has decreased from the 81,500 feet conducted last year, while mine development has increased 600 feet over 1989 figures.

Last year's exploration efforts identified additional reserves of 132,000 tons with an average grade of .30 ounces of gold per ton in an area which is scheduled to go into production by the end of the year.

The program also located a 16,000-ton reserve with a grade of .59 ounces and another reserve estimated at 63,000 tons with a grade of .29 ounces.

PHOTO : Dickenson's Red Lake Mine in Balmerton is expected to produce 82,000 ounces of gold from 286,000 tons of ore this year.
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Title Annotation:Gold Mining Report; Dickenson Mines Ltd.
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Date:Jul 1, 1990
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