In the first three months of the year, the company mined 6,110 tonnes of ore and processed 5,658 tonnes, up 13 per cent and 12 per cent respectively compared with the final quarter of 2011, while grades jumped 23 per cent to 10.7 grammes per tonne (g/t).
However, gold sales declined 19 per cent to 1,149 ounces from the previous quarter due to a decline in recovery rates at the plant.
Red Rock noted that monthly sales have picked up from a low of 312 ounces in January to 398 ounces and 439 ounces in February and March respectively as the company addressed “some processing issues” and recovery rates improved.
The company simultaneously announced the appointment of Peter Bolt as chief operating officer (COO) of the Colombian mining operations.
Bolt, who has been in charge of two operating mines in Colombia over the past six years, will be responsible for all operations at the mine.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with Peter Bolt, who has previous experience with the El Limon mine and whose judgement and depth of knowledge greatly strengthens our team in Colombia,” said chairman of Red Rock Andrew Bell.
Only yesterday, Red Rock reported significant initial drill results from the Migori gold project in Kenya. Laboratory analysis showed that new gold prospects had been defined, with five samples from three areas encountering more than 1 g/t gold.
Red Rock says that further analysis is being carried out and it intends to produce a report detailing results and potential targets, along with plans for follow-up exploration work.