VANCOUVER, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Veris Gold Corp. ("Veris" or the "Company") (TSX: VG) (OTCQB: YNGFF) (Frankfurt Xetra Exchange: NG6A) is pleased to provide an operational update to all stakeholders from its Jerritt Canyon Operations located in Elko County, Nevada and operated by Veris Gold USA Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Veris Gold Corp.
Toll Milling On July 29, 2013 Veris received the first delivery of ore from Newmont USA Limited, a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corp. ("Newmont") for toll milling at its Jerritt Canyon Mill Operations. The toll-milling agreement, announced on July 24 of this year, stipulates that Newmont will deliver up to 45,000 short tons of ore per month to Jerritt Canyon commencing immediately and ending December 31, 2014. For further information on the toll-milling announcement please see news release:
Most importantly, the signing of this toll milling agreement ensures that Veris will be in a better position to maximize the roaster mill feed capacity at Jerritt Canyon for the next 18 months. Currently Veris processes between 3,500 to 4,000 tons of ore per day from its three operating underground gold mines at Smith, SSX-Steer, and Starvation Canyon. This agreement ensures that the Company is toll milling an additional 1,000 - 1,200 tons of ore per day.The Company anticipates securing additional toll milling ores in the near future. Saval 4 Underground Gold Mine On July 26, Veris commenced blasting the Company's fourth underground mine, the Saval 4 Gold Mine, located at the western end of the Saval Canyon open pit that was mined from 1994 to 1997. The Saval 4 Mine will add an estimated additional 300 tons per day of processed ore to the Company's Jerritt Canyon operations. Production from Saval 4 is expected in the fourth quarter of 2013. Starvation Canyon Mine Opening On July 29, Veris celebrated the official opening and commissioning of the Starvation Canyon Gold Mine with an on-site ribbon cutting ceremony. Over 100 invited guests joined the Company in the celebration that included local government dignitaries, industry suppliers, representatives of local mining companies, local media and employees of Veris. The Starvation Canyon Gold Mine, located at the southern end of the 119 square mile Jerritt Canyon property, is the Company's third operating underground gold mine and its mined ore is being processed at the Jerritt Canyon plant. Starvation Canyon commenced development in November 2012 with the blasting of the portal and the sinking of the raise, and came into production in April 2013. The project was completed within six months and was on time and on budget. To date, Starvation Canyon has performed better than expected with higher than estimated gold grades of 5.1 to 6.9 to grams per ton or 0.15 to 0.20 ounces per ton. In addition, the mine has produced 29% more ore tons relative to the plan. Total production for the quarter was 47,390 tons containing 8,630 ounces of gold. It is estimated that the mine will ramp up to consistently produce 600 tons per day within the next two quarters. Mining operations at the Starvation Canyon Gold Mine further increases the Company's wholly-owned ore production and helps reaffirm the long mining history at Jerritt Canyon that currently has a robust six year life-of-mine reserve base and additional opportunities for organic growth.