In an April 25 research note, analyst Kerry Smith with Haywood Securities reported that Equinox Gold Corp. (EQX:TSX.V) is on track to begin ore mining in Q3/18 and to pour first gold at its Aurizona gold mine in Brazil by year-end.
Full-scale construction at this Brazil asset is in progress. Most recently, in April, efforts to remove waste from two areas in the Piaba pit began, as did building of access roads.
As of March 31, Equinox spent $43 million ($43M) of the $146M budgeted for the project. "Construction was 44% complete, and engineering, procurement, construction and management activities were 61% complete," Smith indicated. Plant construction was about one-fourth done. Refurbishment of pumps, motors, agitators and screens and upgrades to two substations were more than halfway finished.
Work that was already accomplished at that time included awarding of all contracts, refurbishing the carbon-in-pulp circuit and detox tanks, manufacturing the semi-autogenous grinding and balls mill and constructing the foundations for it.
Haywood has a Buy rating and a CA$2.80 per share target price on Equinox, whose stock is currently trading at around CA$1.10 per share.
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