Randgold Resources Announces Fire at Tongon plant
Randgold Resources Announces Fire at Tongon plant
JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 12/27/12 -- *T
RANDGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED Incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands Reg. No. 62686 LSE Trading Symbol: RRS NASDAQ Trading Symbol: GOLD
FIRE AT TONGON PLANT
Randgold Resources said today production at its Tongon gold mine in Cote d'Ivoire had been impacted by a fire in the mill section.
The fire started on 24 December during a planned shutdown for repairs to the No 1 mill cyclone feed pipe. The fire then spread upwards into the No 1 cyclone cluster and moved to the No 2 cyclone cluster.
The fire has been fully extinguished and no injuries have been reported but both cyclone clusters, flotation cells and blowers along with associated infrastructure for both milling circuits suffered damage.
Chief executive Mark Bristow said the full extent of the damage was still being assessed but the mills themselves have been unaffected and that the mine had already started to make short term repairs including temporary relining of the various pieces of equipment whilst sourcing replacement parts.
Tongon aims to have both milling circuits operational again within ten days. Both mill classification circuits are expected to be fully operational within three to four weeks following receipt of the spare parts which are currently being sourced for air-freighting to the mine. The flash flotation circuit repairs are dependent on the lead time for the replacement blowers, which are expected to be evident within the week.
Bristow said that while Randgold's flagship Loulo complex was on track to achieve its full year guidance of 500000 ounces and Morila would comfortably exceed its guidance at 200000 ounces, the fire would further impact on a difficult year for Tongon and that the revised annual production for that operation was now expected to be approximately 208000 ounces. He said a full update would be given when Randgold reports its Q4 results on 4 February 2013.
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CAUTIONARY NOTE TO US INVESTORS: The SEC permits companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proven and probable ore reserves. We use certain terms in this release, such as 'resources', that the SEC does not recognise and strictly prohibits us from including in our filings with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any parts of our resources will ever be converted into reserves which qualify as 'proven and probable reserves' for the purposes of the SEC's Industry Guide number 7.
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