Fortuna Silver Mines reported that it has started irrigation of the ore placed on the heap leach pad at the Lindero gold project, located in Arengtina’s Salta province. The first gold pour is expected in early October.

The company also reported that construction and commissioning activities at Lindero are advancing according to plan. The ramp-up phase of the primary and secondary crushing circuits is under way. The operations team is engaged in addressing operational-related adjustments and fine tuning the process and equipment. Night shift operations started at Lindero in mid-August, ahead of schedule.

Irrigation of ore on the heap leach pad commenced on September 1. As of the end of August, a total of 277,000 metric tons (mt) have been placed on the leach pad averaging 0.87 g/mt gold, containing an estimated 7,750 ounces of gold.

Pre-commissioning of the ADR plant is progressing according to schedule. Testing of the plant circuits with water, carbon preparation, and commissioning of the main equipment is expected to begin soon.