Scorpio Gold Corp. (OTC Other: SRCRF; TSX-V: SGN) completed its first production blast at the 70% owned Mineral Ridge gold deposit in the Drinkwater pit on May 31, 2011. Prior to that date, work in the pit consisted of clean up from previous operators and adjustments to the main access ramp. The first mineralized material mined from the pit, consisting of approximately 25,000 tons grading on average 1.84 grams per tonne (0.065 ounces per ton) gold, is scheduled for delivery to the crusher this week.
Mining operations are expected to continue to increase, first to 14,000 tons per day and then to a full planned production rate of 20,000 tons per day by July 2011. Mineralized material will be hauled to the crusher facility and be processed at an initial rate of approximately 2,500 tons per day.