ELKO — Veris Gold Corp. began production at Starvation Canyon on Sunday.

This is Veris Gold’s third underground mine and it is part of the Jerritt Canyon Operations in Elko County about 50 miles north of Elko city.

On Saturday, the company completed the ventilation raise and secondary escapeway required to allow Starvation Canyon to begin production. The development of two zones and three production levels has also been completed during this time, with total development of 3,394 feet completed to date. In April, the plan is to produce 9,000 tons of ore averaging 0.15 ounce per ton and the operation will then ramp up to 600 tons per day by the end of June averaging 0.24 ounce per ton.

“We are very excited about bringing Starvation Canyon into production, the first mine to come into production at Jerritt Canyon since 2004,” Co-CEO and Chief Operating Officer of Veris Randy Reichert said. “The contractor, Small Mine Development, has done an incredible job in developing the mine which is on schedule and on budget. The portal was started in late November and just over four months later the mine is already producing ore. Production at Starvation Canyon is a key element to the 2013 production plan for Jerritt Canyon Operations and this mine is expected to produce 160,000 tons this year at an average grade of 0.23 ounce per ton.”

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