The first 73 cubic-yard electric wire rope shovel is expected to be operational ahead of schedule in May of 2013 which we anticipate will benefit our future mining costs. During the first quarter of 2013, we successfully commissioned the first new set of 2,500 gallons per minute (gpm) carbon columns, and with the second set having been commissioned early in the second quarter of 2013, we have significantly increased our solution processing capacity. We also commissioned a second retort which we expect will allow us to process all precipitate generated from the Merrill-Crowe plant. Prior to this retort's commissioning we experienced processing limitations which prevented us from selling approximately 7,200 ounces of gold and 43,000 ounces of silver that remained in in-process inventories at quarter end. In addition to our planned second quarter 2013 sales, we expect to process and sell the metal that remained in precipitate at the end of the first quarter during the second quarter.
Allied Nevada intends to focus its resources towards the Hycroft operations and expansion. Any drilling in 2013 will be limited to data collection in support of engineering at Hycroft and ongoing permitting at Hycroft and the Hasbrouck project. At this time, no further exploration drilling is planned for 2013.
In 2013, we expect to sell approximately 225,000 to 250,000 ounces of gold and 1.5 million to 1.8 million ounces of silver. Sales in the first half of the year are expected to be approximately 90,000 to 100,000 ounces of gold, increasing in the second half of the year. We expect to move 94.1 million tons of material, including 46.5 million tons of ore at average grades of 0.012 oz/ton gold and 0.25 oz/ton silver. With the operation of the two wire rope shovels, one of which is expected to be commissioned during the second quarter and the other in the latter half of the year, the mining rate for the first half is expected to average 200,000 tons per day and is expected to increase to average 290,000 tons per day in the second half. The overall strip ratio for 2013 is expected to be 0.6:1.
A number of critical projects must be completed to achieve the higher end of the stated guidance range of metal sales. The stated guidance assumes that there will be no material delays in the start-up of the North leach pad, new Merrill-Crowe facility or operation of additional mobile equipment. Adjusted cash costs(1) for 2013 are expected to be in the range of $665 to $685 per ounce (with silver as a byproduct credit), which is an increase from our previously expected range.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
We closely manage our liquidity and capital resources by, among other things, 1) monitoring metal prices and the impacts (near-term and future) they have on our business; 2) controlling our working capital; 3) managing discretionary general and administrative and exploration related spending; 4) planning the timing and amounts of capital expenditures at the Hycroft Mine; and 5) reviewing our existing borrowing arrangements and availability under such arrangements. In light of the consideration of the phased expansion plan, together with volatile metal prices, we will continue to consider additional options to strengthen our financial position. Additionally, the timing of capital expenditures for our expansion projects can be adjusted, if we feel necessary, to respond to changes in our business environment.
The results presented in this press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2013, filed on SEDAR and EDGAR and posted on Allied Nevada's website at www.alliednevada.com. The financial results are based on United States GAAP (with the exception of the non-GAAP financial measure adjusted cash costs1) and are expressed in U.S. dollars.
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