WINNIPEG, MANITOBA–(Marketwire – July 2, 2012) - San Gold Corporation (TSX:SGR)(OTCQX:SGRCF) announces today that milling operations resumed July 1 at its Rice Lake Mining Complex, with more than 1,900 tons milled on the first day of operations.
Milling operations were suspended in early June after its ball mill pinion suffered an unexpected failure. Mining operations continued at an average rate of more than 1,600 tons per day while repairs were completed to the ball mill. As a result, approximately 54,000 tons of ore were stockpiled as of June 30.
The Company has substantially increased its milling capacity over the past year, achieving peak daily production of 2,500 tons per day during the second quarter. As a result of this increased capacity, the Company expects to mill the majority of this stockpile during the third quarter and remains confident in its annual guidance of between 95,000 and 105,000 ounces of gold produced in 2012.
"It is a testament to the strength of the operations team that we are able to experience this kind of event with little overall impact on our operations," said George Pirie, San Gold's President and Chief Executive Officer.
During this period, the Company also completed various other maintenance activities related to milling operations, including the scheduled annual liner change in the ball mill.
About San Gold
San Gold is an established Canadian gold producer, explorer, and developer that owns and operates the Hinge, 007, and Rice Lake mines near Bissett, Manitoba. The Company employs more than 400 people and is committed to the highest standards of safety and environmental stewardship. San Gold is on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "SGR" and on the OTCQX under the symbol "SGRCF".
For further information on San Gold, please visit www.sangold.ca.
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