Emerald Resources released an operational update on its Okvau gold project in Cambodia, advising it is on track with its work at the site and is targeting the current quarter for the mine’s first gold pour.

Emerald Okvau2Managing Director Morgan Hart said development has advanced well at the deposit in recent months, and as such the company is looking forward to commissioning the mine’s process plant alongside the start of production.

Initial high-grade ore from Okvau was mined and stockpiled in mid-March. Remaining construction projects include a power substation for the plant, a pebble crusher and the installation of the mill’s mechanical equipment.

“SAG mill installation activities were slightly behind schedule due to logistics related to the COVID pandemic; however, the installation process is now on time and in line with project commissioning requirements,” Emerald said.

“Flotation and regrind circuit structural steel and platework has been erected with mechanical installation at an advanced stage…[and] electrical and piping installation activities have commenced and are advancing in line with project commissioning [outlines].”

The start of Okvau, which is 100% owned by Emerald, will signify an additional milestone for the operator, it confirmed, as it will make it a 100,000-ounce-per-year gold producer for the first time.