Öksüt mine’s first gold bar is created on January 31. (Photo: Centerra Gold)

Centerra Gold Inc. announced that the first gold pour from its Öksüt Mine in Turkey occurred on schedule and ahead of budget. Additionally, the project achieved a significant safety milestone, achieving 2 million work hours Lost Time Injury Free.

President and CEO Scott Perry said, “This is an important milestone for the project and for the growth of the company as Öksüt is now our third operating mine and our third source of gold production going forward. Reaching the first gold pour is a testament to the dedication and hard work that our Öksüt team has put in to reach this goal safely.

“This milestone would not have been achieved without the initial conviction and perseverance from the Centerra exploration team given that the Öksüt mine originally started as a greenfield exploration venture in 2009.

“Finally, I would like to thank all of the stakeholders of the Öksüt Project, including the local communities and the relevant government authorities, who have worked with us constructively over many years.”