June 30, 2008 Ore stacking began immediately following the commissioning of the crusher plant at the end of 2007. A heap leach pad has been constructed and irrigation is expected to commence on receipt of the necessary production licences and following completion of the adsorption plant later in the year.
During 2007, 641 metres of air drilling and some 1,983 cubic metres of trenching were completed. Dry commissioning of a crusher plant was also concluded and stacking of ore started at the end of 2007. Due to severe winter conditions, irrigation of the stacked ore was delayed until 2008. Construction of an adsorption plant is progressing to plan and is due for completion during the third quarter of 2008.