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New Gold at Rainy River announced Friday they've poured their first gold. The first pour yielded approximately 500 ounces of gold and 600 ounces of silver.

"Our team is proud to have delivered on all of the key project milestones since the beginning of 2017, however, the first gold pour is a particularly special one for New Gold and its stakeholders," stated president and CEO Hannes Portmann, in a prepared statement. "This achievement is reflective of a true team effort as it would not have been possible without the commitment and resilience of our workforce as well as the strong support of our local communities and Indigenous partners – thank you."

The mine site was discovered 50 years ago. The company hopes to produce 325,000 ounces of gold a year for at least 14 years.

The Mining Journal estimates the overall budget for the project is estimated at $1.3 billion. New Gold says their project spending at Rainy River during the second quarter is expected to be approximately $170 million, which would bring the total year-to-date project spending to approximately $295 million. Their remaining capital cost to the targeted November commercial production deadline is estimated to be approximately $220 million.

During a visit to the site last year, management at the site said more than 75 per cent of the people -- who have been building the mine -- have been from the area, including 34 per cent of aboriginal heritage. The company has also been able to incorporate former mill employees from Fort Frances.

Once operational, the company hopes to have 600 people on staff. Along with miners, heavy equipment operators and mechanics, the company will also need staff for the processing plant, along with support staff in the office and contractors.

The company has already been working with surrounding communities, in an effort to recruit and retain staff, as well as deal with any concerns that may arise.

For more information:

New Gold - Announcement

Training for new gold mine at Rainy River

New Gold mine is just a year away

Mining recovery underway at Rainy River

Lithium, gold deposits lead list of promising mining projects


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