Montage Reports Positive Metallurgical Test Results
February 23, 2021
Vancouver, British Columbia — February 23, 2021 — Montage Gold Corp. (“Montage” or the “Company”) (TSXV:MAU) is pleased to report final results from the metallurgical testing completed as part of the ongoing Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) for the Koné deposit, at the Morondo Gold Project (“MGP”) in Côte d’Ivoire.
Hugh Stuart, CEO and Director of Montage commented, “We are very pleased with the outcome of the variability testing that confirms the expectation for approximately 90% or better recoveries over the life-of-mine for the MGP. In addition to the recovery results, reagent consumption is very low for all oxidation types but especially for fresh rock, which forms the bulk of the mineralization at Koné. The comminution test work has now confirmed that overall rock hardness at Koné supports the assumption of low power consumption for crushing and grinding. Taken as a whole, these results continue to confirm our expectation that the MGP will be a robust operation with low overall process costs. Looking ahead, we see further opportunities to improve recoveries and will evaluate these options as part of the planned Feasibility level metallurgical test program in Q2 2021.”
- Fresh rock comminution test work confirms rock classifications as soft to moderately hard.
- Variability leach testing supports life-of-mine average gold recovery of approximately 90%.
- Fresh rock cyanide consumption shown to be very low and lime consumption to be low.
- Next phase of metallurgical testing will focus on optimization opportunities.
Comminution Test Work Results
Comminution variability test work was conducted by SGS Lakefield in Canada (“SGS”) on 36 fresh rock samples and four transition samples. Tests were conducted to determine the power requirements for grinding in a semi-autogenous grinding (“SAG”) mill and a ball mill.
The proposed flowsheet for the Koné comminution circuit is a primary crusher followed by a SAG mill, ball mill and a pebble crusher. The target grind is 80% passing 75μm. The test results show that the power requirements will be low which results in lower unit process costs.
The results of the test work are presented below in Table 1.
|SAG Mill Testing
|Ball Mill Testing
Table 1: Comminution Test Variability Results
- “SCSE” means SAG Circuit Specific Energy and is a measure of energy required for an ore when treated in a standard circuit comprising a SAG mill and pebble crusher.
- “BWI” means Bond Work Index and is a measure of energy required to grind ore in a ball mill.
Leach Test Work Results
A variability leach test work program was conducted by SGS on 39 samples from the Koné deposit selected based on lithology and spatial distribution to effectively represent the entire deposit.
Results of the variability test work are shown in Table 2.
|# of Samples
Table 2: Leach Test Variability Results for Recovery and Reagent Consumption
Based on the variability test results and the mine scheduling being undertaken as part of the PEA, the Company expects life-of-mine average recoveries to be approximately 90% for the MGP. Recoveries are expected to be higher (>90%) during the initial years of the mine life while processing at an elevated cut-off grade.
Cyanide consumption has been reported by SGS as very low across all domains and lime consumption as low. Reagents form a significant component of the process costs, which will result in low unit process cost.
With the completion of the hydrological, geotechnical and metallurgical aspects of the study, the PEA is progressing well and remains on track for completion at the end of Q1 and the Company expects to release results in mid April 2021.
Business Plan Fully Funded for 2021
Montage remains fully funded for its business plan through 2021. This includes: a phase 2 drilling program (35,000m); release of PEA results in early April 2021; an Indicated Mineral Resource estimate by the end of Q2 2021; and a Feasibility Study by the end of 2021.
As of January 31, 2021, Montage had a cash balance of approximately C$31 million.
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ABOUT MONTAGE GOLD CORP.
Montage Gold Corp. (TSXV:MAU) is a Canadian-based precious metals exploration and development company focused on opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire. The Company’s flagship property is the Morondo Gold Project, located in northwest Côte d’Ivoire. Montage has a management team and board with significant experience in discovering and developing gold deposits in Africa. The Company is rapidly progressing work programs at the Morondo Gold Project towards completion of a Feasibility Study by the end of 2021.
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The technical contents of this release have been approved by Hugh Stuart, BSc, MSc, a Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Stuart is the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, a Chartered Geologist and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.
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