SANTANDER MINE PRODUCTION UPDATE
Trevali reports that the final construction and initial commissioning phases at its Santander Mine in Peru has progressed well following the delays noted last month (see April 10, 2013 news release TV-NR-13-08). The Company expects to commence crushing rock, to fill the base of the Fine Mill Feed Bin, over the next several days with mineralized material processing and production to follow thereafter.
Underground development also continues to progress well with a total of eight levels currently developed on the Magistral North and Central deposits. Based on current development rates, the 9th level, into the Magistral South deposit is anticipated to be in place in early to mid-June. There is approximately 130,000 tonnes of mineralized feed currently stockpiled on the Coarse Mill Feed Pad. This volume of material will provide approximately 3-months of mill feed during the production ramp-up period to full name-plate mill processing capacity of 2,000-tonnes-per-day.
TREVALI MANAGEMENT ADDITIONS
General Manager, Peru
The Company has appointed Ed Desjardins as the General Manager for its Peru operating division. Well experienced in senior mine management, Mr. Desjardins received a MBA from Simon Fraser University in 2004 and a Mining Engineering Technology Diploma from Haileybury School of Mines in 1982.
Ed has over 30 years of mining experience in roles ranging from mine management, technology, optimization and general operations. Ed was recently Managing Director for AngloGold Ashanti's Sadiola and Yatela Mines in Mali, West Africa, and has also served in Senior Management roles with Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining amongst many other mining companies.
Vice President, Human Resources
Mr. Alan Hughes has been appointed Trevali's Vice President, Human Resources. Alan has over 25-years of experience as a global, senior Human Resources professional. He has lead all HR accountabilities including Executive and Board compensation, Total Compensation strategy and design, Talent Management, Change Management, HR Communication, HR Outsourcing and HR Operations management.
He has previously held senior level roles in companies such as Talisman Energy, Rio Algom Ltd., Convergys, American Express and Pitney Bowes with experience in Canada, the US, Peru and Chile. Alan graduated with his MBA from Queen's University, Kingston Ontario in 2002 and obtained his Human Resource Management education at Seneca College in Toronto.
The Company has appointed Dayle Rusk, PGeo, as its Director, Geology. Coming from Trevali's Vice President of Exploration role, Dayle has over 30 years of exploration and production experience in underground and open-pit mines. She has previously held roles as Senior Production Geologist at Goldcorp's Red Lake mine and Anglo American's Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting - Flin Flon production unit, and was Chief of Technical Services for Imperial Metals responsible for all aspects of engineering and production geology including short and long-range planning, mine design, resource-reserve calculations and subsequent production-reconciliation studies.
Ms. Rusk holds a BSc (honours) Earth Science Major Degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario (1976), and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (since 2004), the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (1998 to 2001, 2007 to present), The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist of New Brunswick, 2010 to present, the Geological Association of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and the Society of Economic Geologists.
Vice President of Exploration
Daniel Marinov, previously the Company's Senior Geologist, has been appointed Trevali's Vice President of Exploration. With over 22 years of international experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry - including five years in an underground production environment, Daniel holds a Master of Science Degree in mineral exploration from the University of Mining and Geology of Sofia, Bulgaria.
He has extensive experience in precious, base metal and industrial minerals exploration having worked throughout Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, as well as Central and South America with Rio Tinto and Anglo American in senior geologist and management roles. Most recently, Mr. Marinov was the project exploration manager at Anglo's Michiquillay porphyry copper-gold-molybdenum deposit in Peru.
Senior Metallurgist, New Brunswick
Trevali has appointed Shaun Woods as Senior Metallurgist for the Company's New Brunswick operations at the Caribou Mill. Shaun is a Metallurgical Engineer graduating from Dalhousie University in 2006.
Prior to joining Trevali, Shaun was Senior Concentrator Metallurgist with Xstrata Zinc at its Brunswick 12 Mill Complex where he continually optimized and fine-tuned the concentrate production circuits.
ABOUT TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
Trevali is a zinc-focused base metals development company with active operations in Canada and Peru.
In Peru, the Company is nearing production at its Santander zinc-lead-silver mine where commissioning is underway and subsequent ramp up to the planned 2,000-tonnes-per-day production is anticipated by mid-year 2013.
In Canada, Trevali owns the Caribou mine and mill, Halfmile mine and Stratmat polymetallic deposit all located in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick. Initial trial production from the Halfmile underground mine was successfully undertaken in 2012 and the Company anticipates commencing operations at its 3,000-tonne-per-day Caribou Mill Complex in early-2014.
All of the Company's deposits remain open for expansion.