Canadian mining company Silvercorp Metals has appointed two new faces to the management team for its Chinese operations.

Dr Yi Huang has accepted the role of chief mining engineer after leaving the position of principal mining engineer at global engineering consultant firm AMEC. Yi Huang has also held senior mining engineering positions with several Canadian mining companies and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Silvercorp’s new deputy general manager of Chinese operations is Guangrong Qian, who has held various executive positions with several large mining companies in China and has extensive experience in mine management and production planning.

The company says the addition of Yi Huang and Guangrong Qian will strengthen its management in China and support the future growth of Silvercorp. “The addition of these senior managers will add innovation, leadership, and success to Silvercorp’s operations and augment an already experienced and talented operations team,” says the company’s chairman Rui Feng.

Silvercorp is developing the GC project in southern China which it expects will become its next operating mine in early 2013. In June last year, Silvercorp updated its NI 43-101 technical report for the SGX, HPG and TLP/LM underground mines at the Ying property in China’s Henan province.

The updated report announced a 28% increase in measured and indicated mineral resources from the 2011 technical reports at the silver-lead-zinc property, with 9.21 million tonnes @ 324 grams/tonne silver, 0.16 grams/tonne gold, 5.14% lead and 1.83% zinc containing 96 million ounces of silver and 46,300 ounces of gold, 473,200 tonnes of lead and 168,800 tonnes of zinc.

Silvercorp is planning on completing a further 100,000 metres of tunnelling and 144,200 metres of surface and underground drilling at the five mines of the Ying district during 2013 to further expand current resources, and with a view to increase current production capacity.

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