Trevali Mining Corporation (TSX:TV,OTCQX:TREVF,FWB:4TI) has achieved commercial production at its Santander Zinc-Lead-Silver operations in Peru. As of the end of January 2014, the mill has processed approximately 310,000 tonnes of feed to produce approximately 22,000 tonnes of zinc concentrates and 7,000 tonnes of lead-silver concentrates.
As qutoed in the press release:
Mill throughput for 2014 is estimated at approximately 670,000 to 690,000 tonnes with average head grades estimated at 4.0% to 4.2% zinc, 1.5% to 1.7% lead and 1.4 oz/ton to 1.6 oz/ton silver.
Management has determined that commercial production at Santander has commenced, based on all of the following technical and engineering design achievements:
1. Completion of the operational commissioning of the Plant and handover of the Plant asset from Glencore to Trevali effective January 31, 2014;
2. The demonstrated ability of the Santander mill to operate consistently and without significant interruption at a production rate exceeding 70 per cent of design capacity;
3. Metal concentrates production meeting saleable concentrate specifications;