Aya Gold’s Zgounder Mine produces 338,624 oz silver in Q3, Morocco

Aya Gold & Silver Inc.[AYA-TSX; MYAGF-OTC] reported silver production of 338,624 ounces at a typical grade of 242 g/t silver in the 3rd quarter of 2021 from its 85%- owned Zgounder Silver Mine in the Kingdom of Morocco.

Silver production in Q3 was a 198%boost compared to 113,655 oz silver in Q3-2020 The boost in 2021 production assistance to 1.55 million oz silver was a 29%boost over preliminary assistance of 1.20 million oz silver. The silver healing of 81%in Q3-2021 was a 29%boost compared to 63%in Q3-2020

Benoit La Salle, President and CEO, stated, “This was a strong functional quarter where the modifications carried out over the previous year allowed the mine to provide 338,624 ounces. This represents almost triple in 2015’s Q3 production and remains in line with our turn-around strategy. Regardless of the hot, summer season, we magnified capital task advancement activities to more upgrade our mining centers and attain extra functional effectiveness. The much better than prepared for functional efficiency and execution offers us the self-confidence to increase Zgounder’s production assistance by 29%to 1.55 million ounces for the year.”

The minor reduction in Q3-2021 healing relative to 82%in Q2-2021 is mostly due to a lower silver healing of 79%at the cyanidation plant. The decrease in healing throughout summertime is because of lower freshwater consumption and excess evaporation in the tailings dam. These 2 problems are being dealt with by the building of a water retention basin and a tailings thickener to reduce water discharge to the tailings dam. Healing in the quarter still surpassed the Q3-2021 allocated healing.

In the quarter, plant accessibilities reached 87%and 89%for the flotation and cyanidation plants, respectively. Accessibility was affected by a two-day organized shutdown of the flotation plant and by a two-day unexpected shutdown of the cyanidation plant to deal with a ball mill.

The quarter likewise saw substantial advancement of capital jobs consisting of repair activities at the cyanidation plant, replacement of the flotation plant cone crusher to a brand-new, greater efficiency design, continuous building and construction of a brand-new underground explosive depot, and start of building of a brand-new mine gain access to at the 2,075- metre level.


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