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VANCOUVER, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Veris Gold Corp. ("Veris" or the "Company") (TSX: VG) (OTCQB: YNGFF) (Frankfurt Xetra Exchange: NG6A) is pleased to provide shareholders with a September production update illustrating the continued growth at the Company's three wholly-owned Jerritt Canyon gold mines and processing plant in Elko County, Nevada. Jerritt Canyon is operated by Veris Gold USA Inc. ("Veris USA"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.
Overall Operational Report During the month of September the plant averaged over 4,452 tons through the roasters per operating day resulting in the production of 15,244 ounces of gold from Jerritt Canyon ore; and, an additional 2,048 ounces from 30,025 tons of ore milled for Newmont Mining Corp. ("Newmont"). On average, the operations achieved recoveries from Jerritt Canyon ore of 88% for the month, continuing to significantly improve on recoveries from earlier in the year. The Company expects these improvements to continue, and is looking to establish recoveries over 90% by mid-2014.
Mr. François Marland, President and CEO of Veris commented, "Our team at Jerritt Canyon continues to deliver excellent results and September is further evidence that we are on track. Furthermore, I'm pleased to report that we mined over 88,364 tons of ore from our three underground gold mines with an overall average grade of 0.178 ounce per ton (6.1 grams per ton). Most of the mined ore came from our contract miner, Small Mine Development ("SMD"), who operates both our Smith and Starvation Canyon Mines. September was also a strong month at the SSX-Steer Mine, producing 28,698 tons. However, improvements continue at the SSX-Steer Mine in order to progress the overall grades of the ore, and increase the level of production. This, combined with the excellent performance at the Jerritt Canyon processing plant, enabled us to produce a total of 17,292 ounces for the month from our mining operations and toll milling production combined. Management expects that with the existing toll milling contracts; the strong performance of SMD; and, our improvements at the SSX-Steer Mine and the processing plant, that we could have a strong fourth quarter."Mr. Marland further commented, "One of our most important assets enabling the continued growth at Jerritt Canyon is our core team, which we have taken significant steps to improve in 2013. We have worked very hard to ensure that our team keeps delivering positive results to our shareholders on a monthly basis, and I am pleased to report that under the continued leadership of Graham Dickson, our COO, the plant is averaging a very solid 4,452 tons per operating day and we have had several weeks of over 5,000 tons." Graham Dickson, COO, stated, "The Jerritt Canyon team under the new leadership of General Manager Bill Hofer continues to perform better each month. The processing plant under the management of Kiedock Kim and his able lieutenant Chris Jones incrementally improves both its reliability and throughput every operating period." Mine Production In the third quarter to date, the SSX-Steer Mine produced a total of 77,776 tons containing 11,885 ounces of gold, averaging 845 tons per day. The Smith Mine has produced 141,369 tons containing 22,518 ounces of gold averaging 1,537 tons per day for the quarter. At Starvation Canyon a total of 56,680 tons were mined containing 12,234 ounces of gold for an average of 616 tons per day. An improvement in grade has been seen at all of the operating mines with mine grades averaging approximately 0.17 ounce per ton (5.8 grams per ton) for the quarter to date. Toll Milling Total ore processed at the Jerritt Canyon processing plant in September includes 30,025 tons from Newmont. The Company ran these tons in approximately seven days, thus averaging 4,289 tons per day and produced 2,048.2 gold ounces for Newmont. The Company continues to target additional toll milling agreements for 2014. Processing Plant The plant processed a total of 126,884 tons in September, averaging over 4,452 tons per operating day with over 5,000 tons per operating day during many weeks. So far this quarter, allowing for the annual maintenance shutdown taken in July, the plant has run a record 314,506 tons averaging over 4,032 tons per operating day. Recovery rates remain in the 85-88% range and as noted previously, ore grades continue to improve. Production Outlook The Company has made significant progress to achieve the targeted production of 145,000 ounces of gold for the year from its three existing underground mines. We will continue to develop a sustainable, long-term mining plan at the SSX-Steer Mine and continue to optimize plant capacity at over 4,300 tons per day, while processing both Jerritt Canyon mined ore and toll milling third party ore. The Company will concentrate its mining efforts on optimizing grade and output from the SSX-Steer Mine and has targeted early 2014 to recommence development of its fourth mine, Saval 4. The Company will continue to target operating cash costs per ounce sold in the $850 range by the end of 2013, to be achieved through a combination of throughput improvement and ongoing cost reduction efforts. The Company is also developing a targeted drill program for 2014 with the focus on increasing Jerritt Canyon production tonnage. Corporate Update Further to the Company's announcement on October 1, 2013, wherein it was noted that Mr. Chapman was returning to his consultancy activity, the Company wishes to clarify any confusion by stating that Mr. Chapman is looking forward to his continued contributions in the mining community. Furthermore, the Company has retained Mr. Chapman to assist as a consultant on various corporate development projects and it wishes Mr. Chapman the very best with future assignments in the industry. Quality Control Assaying of all mine production samples were conducted by the Jerritt Canyon lab using standard fire assay techniques. The company's 2012 and 2013 Quality Assurance and Quality Control protocols are similar to those done in 2010 and 2011 and are available at the Company's website: http://www.verisgold.com/i/pdf/JC_Assay_Protocols.pdf The information in this news release was compiled and reviewed by William Hofer, B.Sc., General Manager, Jerritt Canyon Mine. The information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by the Company's Vice President of Exploration, Todd Johnson, M.Sc. (Qualified Person per the requirements of NI 43-101). About Veris Gold Corp. Veris Gold Corp. is a growing mid-tier North American gold producer in the business of developing and operating gold mines in geo-politically stable jurisdictions. The Company's primary assets are the permitted and operating Jerritt Canyon processing plant and gold mines located 50 miles north of Elko, Nevada, USA. The Company's primary focus is on the re-development of the Jerritt Canyon mining and processing plant. The Company also holds a portfolio of precious metals properties in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, Canada, including the Ketza River Property. On behalf of "VERIS GOLD CORP." François Marland President & CEO