VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 12, 2014) - True Gold Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TGM) ("True Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that construction of the fresh water reservoir ("barrage") is now complete, providing sufficient water for mine construction and operational needs, as well as providing a year-round water source for local communities. The construction of the barrage was overseen by SENET (Pty) Ltd. ("SENET") together with True Gold's on-site owner's team, and was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
"The completion of this major piece of infrastructure is a significant milestone in the mine development process, as it mitigates water-related project risks as we gear up to begin construction of Burkina Faso's next gold mine," stated Dwayne Melrose, President & CEO of True Gold. "The construction of the barrage ahead of schedule and under budget is a testament to our integrated team's ability to deliver project results as planned in the field."
The barrage is constructed on a tributary to the Nkambe River, four kilometres south of the proposed mine site. Initial construction (phase 1), completed in 2013, involved construction of a one-metre high dam with sufficient capacity to provide water for exploration and development operations. The second and final phase of construction, now complete, increases the barrage height to 2.5 metres and deepens the barrage basin to allow for increased storage capacity to fulfill the annual requirements for the Karma Project, while also providing a water source for our local communities.
The barrage will now provide 1.3 million m3 water annually to meet the operating requirements of the mine. The average annual flow of the Nkambe River is 22 million m3 which, based on hydrological studies conducted over the past 50 years, can vary from 7 million m3 to 40 million m3 during ten year lows and highs, respectively.
Water will be drawn from the barrage during the three month rainy season, generally late June to mid-September, and will be pumped to water storage ponds for use throughout the remainder of the year. Water stored in the raw and storm water ponds will be used for heap leach irrigation, plant processing, dust suppression, potable water and other mining construction and operational needs.
In addition to overseeing construction of the barrage, SENET is also leading detailed engineering and construction-level design work, which True Gold expects to be completed on schedule and on budget by the end of May. SENET is a South African based mineral process and engineering firm with extensive heap leach and African mine construction experience.
About True Gold
True Gold Mining Inc. is where gold comes to life. We are committed to growing a successful gold exploration, development and production company, by focusing on projects with low costs, low technical risks and solid economics. The Company's board, management and technical teams have proven track records in gold exploration, development, operations and production worldwide.
Additional information about the Company and its activities may be found on the Company's website at www.truegoldmining.com and under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Dwayne Melrose, President & CEO
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Forward-looking information is based on various assumptions including, without limitation, the expectations and beliefs of management, the assumed long term price of gold, that the Company will receive required permits and access to surface rights, that the Company can access required financing to be in a position to consider a production decision, appropriate and sufficient equipment and labour will be available and accessible to the Company to meet its development goals, retention of key personnel and that the political environment within Burkina Faso will continue to support the development of environmentally safe mining projects. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by the Company or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.