About Jerritt Canyon
The Jerritt Canyon Gold Mine is located in Elko County, Nevada. Jerritt Canyon was discovered in 1972 and has been in production since 1981 has produced over 9.7 million ounces of gold over its 40-year production history. The operation has one of three permitted gold processing plants in Nevada that uses roasting in its treatment of ore. The processing plant has a capacity of 4,000 TPD and is currently operating at an average rate of approximately 2,500 tpd due to limited ore production from two underground mines. The property consists of a large, underexplored land package consisting of 30,821 hectares (119 square miles). First Majestic has identified several opportunities to enhance both the cost and production profile of Jerritt Canyon, as well as near-term brownfield potential between the SSX and Smith mines and long-term property-wide exploration potential.
Underground operations started in 1997 at SSX and continued until 2008 with production from the Steer, Murray, MCE, Smith, West Generator, and Saval deposits. In 2009, a new mine plan was prepared. Underground mining from the Smith deposit recommenced in late January 2010 and underground mining at SSX recommenced in early October 2010.
From the start of mining in 1980 to the end of December 2020, approximately 9.7 Moz Au were produced from approximately 49 Mst of ore mined at an average grade of 0.199 oz/st Au.
Jerritt Canyon Gold currently employs approximately 600 employees in Elko County.