Junior gold developer Baru Gold has commenced construction of phase one of its gold project on the Indonesian island of Sangihe, off the northern coast of Sulawesi. First pour is expected in Q1 2022.

barugold sangihe constructionPhase one construction consists of clearing land, building two 100,000-tonnes heap leach pads, pit overburden removal, preparation of waste dumps, a crushing facility, and a processing plant area, which includes access roads.

Baru Gold said COO Garry Kielenstyn and the Indonesian team are currently on site to supervise the engineering and contractor management, oversee site activities, and keep costs in line and within budget. Construction of the heap leach pad system is targeted to be completed and operational by December.

The company, along with its contractors, are currently preparing the principal production area, grubbing, and establishing pit limits to the plan. The focus will be on digging out the pregnant solution pond, constructing pond berms, and compacting to engineering specifications in preparation for installation of the leach pad liner and processing facility.

“The successful start of construction of the pit, pads, and pond facilities is a tremendous milestone for our Sangihe project,” said Terry Filbert, president, CEO and director of Baru Gold.

“Once operations are running smoothly and Sangihe starts generating reliable cashflow we will invest that cashflow to expand the resource through an extended exploration and drilling program. This will allow us to expand production and the mine’s life.”

Source: Baru Gold