Alio Gold Awards Underground Decline Contracts
October 26, 2017
October 26, 2017, Vancouver, BC – Alio Gold Inc (TSX, NYSE MKT: ALO) (“Alio Gold” or the “Company”), today announced that it has awarded GDI STRACON GyM S.A. de CV (“GDI STRACON”) the contract for developing the underground decline at the high grade, high margin Ana Paula project in Guerrero, Mexico. In addition, the Company has engaged JDS Energy and Mining (“JDS”) to manage the contract and underground mining operation.
“GDI STRACON is a highly respected mining contractor and we are pleased to be working with them on the Ana Paula project,” said Greg McCunn, Chief Executive Officer. “The underground decline at Ana Paula is expected to be completed in mid-2018 after which we will be able to commence an exploration program that has the potential to significantly enhance the value of the Project.”
Under the terms of the contract, the 1,200 metre decline is expected to take 7 months after mobilization to complete at a cost of approximately $10 million, including development of underground drill stations. GDI STRACON anticipates development of 5-7 meters per day. Mobilization of the contractors to site is expected in November 2017 with the establishment of the first camp and permanent infrastructure at Ana Paula. Decline construction is expected to follow in January 2018.
The underground decline will be driven from a portal site located in the adjacent valley from the proposed pit and approximately 400 meters from the proposed mill site. The decline is being advanced to provide access for a drill program that is targeted to confirm the continuity and shape of the high-grade gold mineralization below the proposed pit that is hosted in the complex breccia. It will also provide access to explore the gold mineralization indications at depth hosted in hornfels skarn, typical of the Guerrero Gold Belt.
A definitive feasibility study (“DFS”) is currently underway and expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018 followed by a construction decision on the project. With the exploration program targeted to commence after the DFS is completed positive results would be incorporated into an optimized mine plan.
About Alio Gold
Alio Gold is a growth oriented gold mining company, focused on exploration, development and production in Mexico. Its principal assets include its 100%-owned and operating San Francisco Mine in Sonora, Mexico and its 100%-owned development stage Ana Paula Project in Guerrero, Mexico. Located within the highly prospective Guerrero Gold Belt on 56,000 hectares of underexplored land the Ana Paula Project is a high-grade, high margin project currently in the definitive feasibility stage. An underground decline to provide access for an exploration drill program has been initiated. The drill program will target the continuation of the high-grade gold mineralization below the proposed pit which has the potential to significantly enhance the robust economics of the project. The Company also has a portfolio of other exploration properties, all of which are located in Mexico.
About GDI STRACON
GDI STRACON has extensive experience in providing integrated mining and construction services to open pit and underground operations. Their services span all phases of a mining project, comprising mine planning, development, construction, and operations, through to mine rehabilitation and closure. With numerous projects, successfully executed in the region, GDI STRACON has built a sustainable business based on providing efficient and innovative services whilst maintaining the highest standards in safety, environment, and community relations. GDI STRACON operate a fleet of equipment, distributed across a number of projects in Latin America.
About JDS Energy and Mining
JDS Energy & Mining Inc. (JDS) was founded in 2004 by Jeff Stibbard and is now composed of a diverse set of skilled and highly experienced mining and construction professionals. With a proven record providing clients with fit-for-purpose solutions and value delivery, JDS has acquired a reputation for delivering and executing project plans on budget, on time, and most importantly, safely. The JDS team prides itself on delivering project concepts from inception to full operations – a process it has executed seamlessly for operations throughout Canada and the world, including the Minto Mine in the Yukon, the Gahcho Kue Mine located in the Northwest Territories, and most recently the Silvertip Mine in northern British Columbia.
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