Orinoco Gold confirmed that commissioning of the gravity processing plant has now commenced at its flagship Cascavel gold mine in central Brazil, paving the way for its maiden gold pour next month. The various stages of commissioning are scheduled to be completed in the second half of July, when the company will move into production ramp-up. Low-grade development material will be used for the ore commissioning process, with parcels of production material being run through the plant in batches to conclude the commissioning process prior to production build-up.

Orinoco’s managing director, Mark Papendieck, who has returned to Brazil to oversee the commissioning process, said the company would continue to provide regular updates as it prepared for the start of commercial gold production next month.