Q2 2013 Santa Elena Expansion Update:
-- As of June 30, 2013, approximately 65% of the budgeted 2013 capital cost of US$65M has been committed. The Santa Elena Expansion is currently on time and budget with scheduled mill start up in January 2014.-- Approximately 2,000 metres of underground development have been completed (project to date) including a crosscut on the 625 metre level that has intersected and exposed the deposit where the exploration model projected its location. A crosscut (hanging wall to footwall) to expose the ore body has been completed showing a mineralized true thickness of 13 metres with a chip - channel sampling grade (uncut) of 3.4 gpt Au and 718.8 gpt Ag which is consistent with the Reserve model. Development has been driven on the footwall contact of mineralization for an estimated 70 metres in preparation for 2014 production. Muck and chip samples from development in mineralization have graded up to 11.1 gpt Au and 2,690 gpt Ag. Approximately 5,000 tonnes of ore development material has been crushed and delivered to the leach pad for partial metal recovery with anticipated reprocessing through the new process facility, once completed.-- In May 2013, significant water was encountered underground while doing ore development on the 625 metre level. Pumping volumes to date are manageable with mine development continuing. A hydrology study has been implemented to assess potential long-term water volumes which may be considered an asset for desert operating conditions.-- On-site construction of the 3,000 tonne per day mill is well underway with earthworks complete, concrete for major foundations poured and CCD tank and thickener construction near completion. Major equipment has been delivered to site including; new cone crushers and generators (see attached photo dated July 6, 2013: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/886966.jpg and refer to www.silvercrestmines.com for additional construction photos.)-- The majority of the construction contracts are in place with numerous contractors currently working safely on site.-- SilverCrest completed all drilling required to define and expand the Resources and Reserves with revised numbers announced in a news release dated May 29, 2013. The Santa Elena Expansion Pre-Feasibility Study will be filed this month.-- Several drill holes that are not included in the Santa Elena Expansion Pre-Feasibility Study (Resources and Reserves) have yet to be released. These holes represent potential for further expansion of resources and will be reported when compilation is completed.-- An underground definition drilling program, aiming delineation of initial production stopes is planned for completion in H2 2013, to assist in the preparation for mining in 2014.
Second Quarter Financial Results Release:
The Company plans to issue its second quarter financial results on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.
The Qualified Person under NI 43-101 for this News Release is N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng, President and Chief Operating Officer for SilverCrest Mines Inc., who has reviewed and approved its contents.
SilverCrest Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE: SVL)(NYSE MKT: SVLC) is a Canadian precious metals producer headquartered in Vancouver, BC. SilverCrest's flagship property is the 100%-owned Santa Elena Mine, located 150 km northeast of Hermosillo, near Banamichi in the State of Sonora, Mexico. The mine is a high-grade, epithermal silver and gold producer, with an estimated life of mine cash cost of US$8 per ounce of silver equivalent (55:1 Ag: Au). SilverCrest anticipates that the 2,500 tonnes per day open pit heap leach facility at the Santa Elena mine should recover approximately 625,000 ounces of silver and 33,000 ounces of gold in 2013. Major expansion and construction of a 3000 tonnes per day conventional mill facility is underway to significantly increase metals production at the Santa Elena Mine (open pit and underground) by 2014. Exploration programs continue to make new discoveries at Santa Elena and also have rapidly advanced the definition of a large polymetallic deposit at the La Joya property in Durango State with stated resources nearing 200 million ounces of Ag equivalent.