La Mancha Resources reports fire at Sudan mine

Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:36pm EDT
 
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Bangalore (Reuters) - Canadian gold producer La Mancha Resources Inc said a fire over the weekend at its Hassaï mine in northeast Sudan, will likely affect gold production over the next few weeks, but reaffirmed its 2011 gold production forecast.

No one was injured in the accident.

The miner said its total production remains in line with its 2011 guidance of 115,000-135,000 attributable ounces of gold.

La Mancha said it expects the Hassai mine, which accounts for 20 percent of the company's total gold production, to produce between 60,000-70,000 ounces of gold in 2011. Of this 24,000-28,000 ounces will be attributable to La Mancha.

Of the two cells that were damaged in the fire, the first should be fully operational by July 10th and La Mancha expects the second cell to be replaced by early August.

La Mancha which operates two producing gold mines in Africa and a third in Australia, said the mine's second-quarter production should be minimally impacted.

Shares of the company were trading flat at C$2.22 on Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Amruta Sabnis in Bangalore; Editing by Joyjeet Das and Prem Udayabhanu)