Officials at PanTerra Gold Ltd. announced their Las Lagunas gold/silver project in the Dominican Republic will now be running at nameplate capacity as staff and consultants strive to optimize recoveries. Gold and silver in the form of doré bars valued at approximately $900,000, meanwhile, were shipped to refiners this month; total April production value is expected at between $3.5 million and $4 million.

PanTerra CEO Brian Johnson said the primary focus will be on securing further feed sources for the plant either from within the Dominican Republic or outside the country to extend the project’s six-year life.

Subject to grade characteristics, added Johnson, refractory-produced concentrate from ore mining could be transported from distant locations at the project to remain a commercial proposition for gold and silver extraction, using the existing plant and its infrastructure.