- Production in 2020 is expected to grow 34-46% year over year, with Gold Equivalent (“AuEq”) production of between 110,000 and 120,000 ounces.
- Second half of 2020 is projected to deliver the strongest production and lowest costs, with the Kainantu Stage 2 Expansion targeting run-rate throughput by end of 2020.
- High margin production forecasted in 2020, with Cash Costs between $520-580 per ounce gold and all-in sustaining costs between $720-$780 per ounce gold.
- Exploration to increase significantly with $8-10 million projected in 2020. Two additional surface drill rigs and one underground rig was ordered and is expected arrive in Q2 2020.
- Growth capital costs forecasted to be between $20-$25 million, which includes completion of the Kainantu Stage 2 Expansion and the twin incline development designed for up to 2 million tonnes per annum throughput.
Note: All amounts in United States Dollars unless otherwise indicated.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- K92 Mining Inc. (“K92” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: KNT; OTCQX: KNTNF) is pleased to provide its operational outlook for 2020. The Company expects another significant, year over year, increase in gold equivalent production of 34-46% while also delivering low-cost production. The strongest production and lowest costs are expected in the second half of 2020 as the Stage 2 Expansion ramp-up to run-rate throughput is forecasted to be achieved by the end of 2020.
Exploration activities are also forecasted to increase, with two new surface drill rigs and one new underground drill rig targeting delivery in Q2 2020. The drill rigs are planned for both near-mine and regional exploration, including expanding exploration activities to drill new targets. Between $8-10 million has been budgeted for exploration, which is included as part of the operating costs, sustaining capital and growth expenditures.
Growth capital is forecasted to be between $20-25 million, which includes completing the Stage 2 Expansion and twin incline development. The twin incline is designed for a throughput capacity of up to 2 million tonnes per annum. K92 has recently commenced early earthworks on the twin incline (see January 21, 2020 Press Release: K92 Ming Inc. Provides Operations and Stage 2 Expansion Update).
Table 1 – 2020 Operational Outlook Summary
|Gold Equivalent Production||Oz||110,000 to 120,000|
|Cash Costs(1)||$/Oz||$520 to $580 per ounce gold|
|All-in Sustaining Costs(1)||$/Oz||$720 to $780 per ounce gold|
|Growth Capital||US$||$20 to $25 million|
|Exploration||US$||$8 to $10 million|
Note 1: The Company provides some non-international financial reporting standard measures as supplementary information that management believes may be useful to investors to explain the Company’s financial results. Please refer to non-IFRS financial performance measures of the Company’s management’s discussion and analysis dated November 12, 2019, available on SEDAR, for reconciliation of these measures.
John Lewins, K92 Chief Executive Officer and Director, stated, “2019 was a transformational year for Kainantu, exceeding our upgraded guidance while making significant progress towards our Stage 2 Expansion. In 2020, we expect to consolidate these gains, with production taking a significant step forward to over 110,000 ounces gold equivalent and achieving run-rate Stage 2 Expansion throughput by year end.
We are also very excited about our exploration programs in 2020. Three new drill rigs are set to arrive in Q2 2020, providing an increase to our rate of exploration and importantly an increase to our capacity to test new, high potential, targets.”
K92 Mining Inc. is engaged in the production of gold, copper and silver from the Kora and Kora North deposits of the Kainantu Gold Mine in the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea, as well as exploration and development of mineral deposits in the immediate vicinity of the mine. The Company declared commercial production from Kainantu in February 2018 and has commenced an expansion of the mine. An updated Preliminary Economic Assessment on the property was published in January 2019. K92 is operated by a team of mining company professionals with extensive international mine-building and operational experience.
ON BEHALF OF THE COMPANY,
John Lewins, Chief Executive Officer and Director
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