Brigus Gold Corp. (“Brigus” or the “Company”) (NYSE Amex: BRD; TSX: BRD) Brigus announces that severe forest fires have caused a power outage at the Company’s Black Fox Mill, located approximately 30 kilometres east of Timmins. This has resulted in the temporary suspension of milling operations and gold production. The power outage occurred yesterday and power is expected to be restored early next week.
Underground and open pit mining operations at the Company’s Black Fox Mine are currently unaffected by the forest fires. There has been no damage to the Company’s assets and the key safety components of the Mill are operating on backup power. The team continues to produce ore from both the open pit and underground mine and are stockpiling the ore for processing once the mill regains power.
“As always, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority and we are taking every step to ensure no one is at risk. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected,” said Wade Dawe, President and CEO of Brigus. “We want to thank the Ontario Provincial Police, Ministry of Natural Resources, and City of Timmins for their efforts to fight these extensive forest fires.”
Despite the temporary suspension of milling operations, the Company remains on track to meet its second quarter production target of 18,000 to 21,000 ounces and will next release gold production numbers for the quarter in early July.About Brigus Gold Brigus is a growing gold producer committed to maximizing shareholder value through a strategy of efficient production, targeted exploration and select acquisitions. The Company operates the wholly owned Black Fox Mine and Mill in the Timmins Gold District of Ontario, Canada. The Black Fox Complex encompasses the Black Fox Mine and adjoining properties in the Township of Black River-Matheson, Ontario, Canada. Brigus is also advancing the Goldfields Project located near Uranium City, Saskatchewan, Canada, which hosts the Box and Athona gold deposits. In Mexico, Brigus has granted Cangold Limited the option to acquire a 75% interest in the Company’s Ixhuatan Project located in the state of Chiapas. In the Dominican Republic, Brigus has signed an agreement to sell its remaining interests in three mineral exploration projects.