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RNS Number : 8480L
Petropavlovsk PLC
24 April 2018
 

24 April 2018

Petropavlovsk PLC

 

Q1 Production Results

 

Petropavlovsk PLC ("Petropavlovsk" or the "Company" or, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") is pleased to announce production results for the quarter ended 31 March 2018.

Ian Ashby comments: "Petropavlovsk has multiple operational and strategic objectives for 2018 and as such I am pleased to report a solid start to the year in which the team delivered on its production and development plans.

Our flagship mines Albyn and Pioneer gave a robust performance, though with some negative year on year difference in production output due to the one off positive effect of gold in circuit recovery during Q1 2017. Successful work at our Malomir underground operations provided a year on year increase in production at the mine, with a more than 40% increase in processed grades. Our development plans were carried out as scheduled and we continue to make steady progress with our flagship POX project. As part of this development the Pokrovskiy processing plant was closed in March for refurbishment and integration into the POX Hub by the end of September 2018. We remain on track for commissioning in Q4 2018, as confirmed by an independent consultant.

I am pleased to welcome Roman Deniskin to the Petropavlovsk team and I am confident that under his leadership the team will continue to deliver a strong performance in line with our strategic objectives. Roman commenced his role as Chief Executive Officer on 16th April 2018 in place of Interim CEO, Sergey Ermolenko, who has now resumed his previous role as General Director of Management Company Petropavlovsk. I am very grateful to Sergey for his support during this transition."

Summary:

§ Total gold production for the quarter was 112,556oz, a c.5% decrease YoY (Q1 2017: 118,071oz) due to a positive contribution to production from gold in circuit in Q1 2017  

§ Total gold sold for the quarter was 112,244oz, a c.5% decrease YoY (Q1 2017: 117,826oz) 

§ Average realised gold price of US$1,295/oz (including a negative US$35/oz effect from hedging), up c.4% YoY

§ Full year 2018 production forecast of 420-460koz reiterated

§ POX Hub development advanced towards planned commissioning in Q4 2018

 

 

 

Gold production - Dore (incl. GIC movement), oz

 

Three months to

31 March 2018 (Q1 2018)

Three months to

31 March (Q1 2017)

 

Pioneer

40,932

48,457

 

Pokrovskiy

4,293

5,852

 

Malomir

27,942

16,431

 

Albyn

39,389

47,331

 

Total

112,556

118,071

 

 

 

 

Q1 2018 Production Report

 

Pioneer

 

Pioneer mining operations

 

Units

Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Total material moved

m3 '000

4, 087

3, 394

Ore mined

t '000

1, 341

1, 040

Average grade

g/t

0.93

1.12

Gold content

oz. '000

40.3

37.6

Pioneer processing operations

Resin-in-pulp (RIP) plant

Total milled

t '000

1, 597

1, 642

Average grade

g/t

0.87

0.81

Gold content

oz. '000

44.4

43

Recovery

%

77.0

71.2

Gold recovered

oz. '000

34.2

30.4

Pioneer gold production - Dore

oz. '000

40.9

48.5

 

Note: there was no heap leach production at Pioneer during Q1 2018.

 

 

Mining works during the period took place mainly at the Yuzhny and Andreevskaya-West pits, which delivered predominantly low grade ores.  High grades were sourced from Katrin.

 

Average RIP recovery rates were around 77% in line with the budget. Heap leaching did not take place during the period.

 

Underground development at the NE Bakhmut 6-3 area included both development and stope mining in January through February, and in March focused solely on development. The grades were somewhat lower than budgeted, due to a combination of higher mining dilution and the amount of low grade development ore being larger than planned. In Q1 2018, total underground workings amounted to 923 l.m., and 29 000t of ore was mined with an average grade of 2.3 g/t.

 

 

Pokrovskiy

 

 

Pokrovskiy mining operations

 

Units

Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Total material moved

m3 '000

152

1, 038

Ore mined

t '000

116

127

Average grade

g/t

0.59

0.49

Gold content

oz. '000

2.2

2.0

Pokrovskiy processing operations

Resin-in-pulp (RIP) plant

Total milled

t '000

223

438

Average grade

g/t

0.55

0.40

Gold content

oz. '000

4.0

5.6

Recovery

%

94.2

70.4

Gold recovered

oz. '000

3.7

4.0

Pokrovskiy gold production - Dore

oz. '000

4.3

5.9

 

Note: there was no heap leach production at Pokrovskiy during Q1 2018.

 

During Q1, Pokrovskiy processed ore from the Zeyskoye and Vodorazdelnoye ore bodies. In mid-March the processing plant (RIP) was closed for refurbishment and integration into the POX hub by the end of September 2018.

 

Average RIP recovery rates were above 90% (up to 94%), which was due to the process plant being closed and gold recovery from the technological circuit. Heap leaching did not take place during the period.

 

 

Malomir

 

 

 Malomir mining operations

 

 

Units

Q1 2018

Q1 2017

 

Total material moved

m3 '000

1 979

2 354

 

Ore mined

t '000

643

759

 

Average grade

g/t

1.35

0.87

 

Gold content

oz. '000

28.0

21.2

 

Malomir processing operations

 

Resin-in-pulp (RIP) plant

 

Total milled

t '000

873

795

 

Average grade

g/t

1.24

0.87

 

Gold content

oz. '000

34.7

22.1

 

Recovery

%

75.1

60.6

 

Gold recovered

oz. '000

26.1

13.4

 

Malomir gold production - Dore

oz. '000

27.9

16.4

 

 

Mining works at Malomir were carried out at the Quartzitovoye 1 and Dorozhnoye ore zones during the period, producing low grade ores. The high grade ores were supplied to the plant from underground and the remainder was blended in from stockpiles.

 

The average recovery at the processing plant was above 75%, in line with the budget.

 

Underground development continued at the Quartzitovoye 1 ore body. Both stoping and development ore mining were carried during the period and the latter was ahead of schedule. In Q1 2018, total underground workings amounted to 1835 l.m., and 88000t of ore was mined with an average grade of 6.3 g/t.

 

 

Albyn

 

 

Albyn mining operations

 

Units

Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Total material moved

m3 '000

4, 942

7, 516

Ore mined

t '000

867

1, 375

Average grade

g/t

0.97

1.09

Gold content

oz. '000

27.1

48.3

Albyn processing operations

Resin-in-pulp (RIP) plant

Total milled

t '000

1, 137

1, 138

Average grade

g/t

1.07

1.06

Gold content

oz. '000

39.2

38.7

Recovery

%

93.6

92.3

Gold recovered

oz. '000

36.7

35.7

Albyn gold production - Dore

oz. '000

39.4

47.3

 

During the period, the majority of ore was extracted from the central section of the Albyn pit. The average recovery at the processing plant was 93-94%, in line with the budget.

 

POX Update

During Q1 2018, development of the POX Hub advanced towards its planned commissioning in Q4 2018. Work has focused mainly on piping, including the installation and welding of carbon, duplex stainless and titanium pipes in both POX and filtration buildings, and also on electrical construction. Mechanical construction progressed in the filtration building, with the installation of filters and some principal pumping equipment. In addition, we began to refurbish the Pokrovskiy RIP plant, which is due to be integrated into the POX Hub by the end of September 2018.

 

Work at the Malomir flotation plant included the construction of a tailings dam, concentrate storage, equipment being assembled in the transformer house, final preparations for the start-up of the plant as well as work on ancillary facilities. Work is on schedule for the plant to be commissioned during Q2 2018.

 

As per schedule and due to seasonal temperatures, there was minimal outside construction during the period. This is expected to intensify during Q2 with the arrival of warmer weather.

 

Construction progress has been monitored by MS&C, an independent technical consultant, whose team last visited the site in mid-March 2018. MS&C concluded that the overall quality of design and construction is good, and though some areas require modifications and checks, the consultant has no reason to believe that the current schedule cannot be achieved.

 

About Petropavlovsk

Petropavlovsk is one of Russia's leading gold mining companies. As at 31 March 2018, the Company had

produced approximately 6.9Moz of gold.

 

At this time, Petropavlovsk is in the construction phase of a state of the art pressure oxidation facility to process the Company's substantial refractory resource base. The Company's combined 3,430km2 license holding has untapped resource potential. The Company is a leading employer and contributor to the development of the local economy in the Amur region, Russian Far East, where it has operated since 1994.

 

Petropavlovsk is a shareholder (31.1%) of IRC Limited and is the guarantor of the US$340 million project finance facility (US$234 million principal outstanding as at 31 March 2018). IRC is a vertically integrated iron ore producer and developer in the Russian Far East and North-eastern China. IRC is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (ticker: 1029.HK).

 

Petropavlovsk is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (ticker POG:LN).

 

Enquiries

For more information, please visit www.petropavlovsk.net and www.ircgroup.com.hk or contact:

 

Petropavlovsk PLC                                         

Alya Samokhvalova

Grace Hanratty

+44 (0) 20 7201 8900

TeamIR@petropavlovsk.net

 

Buchanan

Bobby Morse

Anna Michniewicz

+44 (0) 207 466 5000

POG@buchanan.uk.com

 

 

 


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