El Limon mine - Nicaragua
Open Pit and Underground, 95% B2Gold Ownership
FY 2016: Update
For the full-year 2016, El Limon mine produced 45,483 ounces of gold, below its production guidance range (of 50,000 to 60,000 ounces) and 13% (or 6,781 ounces) lower compared to 2015.
Q4 2016: Update
El Limon’s fourth quarter 2016 production was 10,007 ounces of gold, compared with 8,903 ounces in the fourth quarter of 2015.
El Limon's third quarter 2016 cash operating costs(1) were $682 per ounce of gold, $99 per ounce (or 17%) above budget and $38 per ounce (or 6%) higher compared to the prior-year quarter.
El Limon's third quarter 2016 all-in sustaining costs(1) were $1,067 per ounce of gold compared to budget of $933 per ounce and $1,202 per ounce in the prior-year quarter.
El Limon's year-to-date 2016 cash operating costs were $725 per ounce of gold, $80 per ounce (or 12%) above budget and $63 per ounce (or 10%) higher than in the same period in 2015.
El Limon's year-to-date 2016 all-in sustaining costs were $1,101 per ounce of gold compared to budget of $1,057 per ounce and $1,240 per ounce in the same period in 2015.
In 2017, El Limon is expected to produce between 50,000 and 60,000 ounces of gold (compared to 45,483 ounces produced in 2016) at cash operating costs of between $655 and $695 per ounce, and all-in sustaining costs of between $1,065 and $1,095 per ounce.
El Limon is budgeted to process 0.5 million tonnes of ore at an average grade of 3.58 g/t gold with gold recoveries averaging 93.5%. Approximately 10% of the process ore is expected to be sourced from the Mercedes open pit, with the remainder from underground operations at Santa Pancha 1 and Santa Pancha 2.
Please click here for the full news release “B2Gold Corp. Reports Record 2016 Gold Production; Fekola Project Mine Construction Ahead of Schedule and Now on Target for an October 2017 Production Start”, dated February 5, 2017.
Please click here for the full news release "B2Gold Corp. Reports Q3 2016 Results; Operating Cash Flows Significantly Higher on Record Gold Production, Record Low Costs and Higher Gold Prices; 2016 Guidance Favourably Revised", dated November 3, 2016.
(1) Refer to Non-IFRS measures
(2) Nine months ending September 30, 2016
El Limon mine is located in northwestern Nicaragua approximately 100 km northwest of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. EL Limon mine property consists of the 12,000 hectare “Mina El Limon” mineral concession that has a term of 25 years expiring in April 2027. Each mineral concession under the Nicaraguan Mining Code is subject to an agreement issued by the government of Nicaragua that includes the rights to explore, develop, mine, extract, export and sell the mineral commodities found and produced from the concession.Project Description
B2Gold holds an indirect 95% interest in Triton Minera S.A. (“Triton”), which owns and operates El Limon mine, and holds three other mineral concessions Bonete-Limon, San Antonio and Villanueva 2 which cover a total of 7,200 hectares, all at an exploration stage. The remaining 5% of Triton is held by Inversiones Mineras S.A. (“IMISA”). Triton directly owns or controls the surface rights for all of the property upon which the current mining, milling, tailings and related facilities at EL Limon mine are located. Triton also owns a portion of the surface rights for other properties. As required, Triton has negotiated and entered into access agreements with individual surface right holders in respect of those properties for which it does not hold the surface rights within the concession. All of the permits required for exploration, mining and milling activities are in place for El Limon mine. RG Exchangeco Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Gold, Inc., holds a 3% net smelter returns (“NSR”) royalty on the gold production from EL Limon mine and certain other concessions. The revenue from EL Limon mine is also subject to a 3% ad valorem tax on gold production payable to the Government of Nicaragua, which is considered a deductible expense for purposes of computing corporate income tax. Net profit is defined as the excess of gross revenue (being all revenue received from the operation by Triton Mining (USA), LLC of its business) over expenses (being specified as costs incurred and charged as expenses by Triton Mining (USA), LLC arising from its business, including working capital and operating expenses, royalties paid, borrowing costs, taxes and general sales and administrative expenses).
Gold mining in EL Limon district began in the 1850s and modern mining and exploration began in 1918. Production from EL Limon mine has been continuous since 1941.