In a Sept. 4 research report, analyst Andrew Kaip with BMO Capital Markets indicated that Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (SBB:TSX; RXC:FSE; SGSVF:OTCPK) has "provided the first step towards demonstrating proof of concept for development of the Back River project in Nunavut."
It did so by completing the building the infrastructure there, including a marine laydown area and a sealift. Further, the company finished it before the targeted completion date.
The cost to develop the infrastructure was CA$24 million, which compares to the CA$22.6 million, excluding contingencies, that were budgeted. "Sabina got more for dollars spent with improvements made to the laydown site, including an airstrip, larger laydown pads and the purchase of construction equipment," he added.
The company also received its first sealifted portion of supplies at Back River.
Earlier in the year, in March, Sabina transported equipment and supplies by a Cat Train along its planned winter ice road route to the place where the laydown was to be constructed, essentially testing the passageway in advance.
Next, Sabina will use that ice road to get equipment to Back River for the start of site construction in 2019.
Before then, the company is expected to release drill results for the Nuvuyak zone, "where the discovery hole released last month intersected 11.6 grams per ton gold over 39.5 meters," Kaip stated.
BMO has an Outperform rating and a CA$3 per share target price on Sabina. Its current share price is around CA$1.35.[NLINSERT]
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