Scorpio Gold Corporation

Scorpio Gold Corporation

October 15, 2012 08:00 ET

Scorpio Gold Announces Third Quarter 2012 Operating Results for the Mineral Ridge Project, Nevada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2012) - Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SGN) today announced its operating results for the third quarter of 2012 ("Q3") at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, Nevada.

Peter J. Hawley, CEO reports, "The Company continued to ramp up operations and track positively in Q3, with ore production from the Drinkwater pit remaining close to static and ore production from the developing Mary pit increasing by 176% compared to the second quarter 2012 ("Q2"). Throughput per day and tons of ore processed increased by 15% and 16% respectively, resulting in an increase in gold-in-process inventory compared to Q2. During Q3, the Company retired its remaining long-term debt and continues with an aggressive growth strategy both internally and by acquisition of two of Royal Standard Minerals' properties in Nevada, currently in process."

Key Operating Statistics

Q3 Q2 Q1 Year to Date
Mining operations
Drinkwater pit
Ore tonnes mined 156,007 160,664 122,995 439,666
Waste tonnes mined 738,890 700,523 656,770 2,096,183
Total mined 894,897 861,187 779,765 2,535,849
Mary pit
Ore tonnes mined 8,727 3,156 - 11,883
Waste tonnes mined 282,157 244,927 280,205 807,289
Total mined 290,884 248,083 280,205 819,172
Tonnes processed 186,858 160,759 126,668 474,285
Gold head grade (g/t) 2.10 2.09 2.34 2.16
Ounces produced
Gold 6,663 7,394 7,197 21,254
Silver 2,900 2,930 3,174 9,004
Throughput (tonnes per day) 2,427 2,115 1,667 2,071
Precious Metal Sales (ounces)
Gold 7,234 7,803 7,774 22,811
Silver 3,135 2,956 3,429 9,520
Exploration Drilling
Holes 35 63 51 149
Meters 5,880 6,436 5,104 17,420

Scorpio Gold's CEO, Peter J. Hawley, P.Geo., is a Qualified Person for the Mineral Ridge operation and has reviewed and approved the content of this release. For additional information, please see the Company's website at

About Mineral Ridge

The Mineral Ridge gold mining operation is located in Esmeralda County, Nevada. Scorpio Gold holds a 70% interest with joint venture partner Waterton Global Value L.P. (30%), and is entitled to receive 80% of cash flow generated. Mineral Ridge is currently in production as a conventional open pit mining and heap leach operation. The property is host to multiple gold-bearing structures, veins and bodies at exploration, development and production stages.



Peter J. Hawley, CEO

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