Altiplano Metals Inc. (TSXV: APN) has completing the planned expansion of the Hugo Decline to the 360mm working level in its underground mining activity at the Farellon Copper-Gold (Cu-Au) mine located near La Serena, Chile.
The approximately 110m expansion to the 360m level is designed to provide two new mining access points along the NE and SW drifts where mining has begun.
This development work is part of the ongoing underground development and sustainability initiatives at Farellon.
CEO, Alastair McIntyre, said the company is actively expanding the underground operations to increase efficiencies, improve grade and access new working mining headings.
This work is conducted in tandem with diamond drilling and ventilation efficiency improvements currently in process.
With access to the 360m level, the company is currently operating on numerous NE and SW headings, in addition to employing bench mining techniques to remove mineralised material from the floor and roofs between previous working levels.
Mr McIntyre said the next scheduled advance will be approximately 80m to reach the 352m level and is expected to begin in mid-November.
“I am pleased to see the consistency of our development at Farellon with the addition of another working level,” he said.
“This development work ensures that we have sufficient working levels to improve output and manage grade as we work towards maximising output and increasing revenues once the construction of the permitted mill has been completed.”
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