The company drilled five holes into the old mine waste workings at Semenovsky, looking principally for gold and silver, and collected a total of 54 samples.
These have now been analysed in a laboratory in Chita in the Far East of Russia, and have shown average grades of 1.16 grams per tonne gold across the tailings dam, as well as 17.3 grams silver.
The results are in line with previous work undertaken by Eurasia at Semenovsky and support previous resource calculation made by the Company.
Back in November of 2015, when Eurasia first announced the acquisition of Semenovsky it stated that internal work had indicated that likely revenues from gold and silver content in the project would amount to US$57 mln, and that the internal rate of return would run at US$65 mln.
That number was set against an estimated start-up cost of just US$5 mln, given that the ore at Semenovsky is from waste and requires little in the way of crushing or grinding.
These results will add primarily to Eurasia’s store of metallurgical knowledge, and will, the company said, “go towards planning the design of the processing plant.”
Eurasia’s managing director Christian Schaffalitsky summed up the situation succinctly: “We now look forward to results of gold recovery tests which will allow us to refine the design of the process plant and optimize the mining operation," he said.
Separately the company has also submitted a reserves report to the Russian authorities for approval, and this continues to make its way through the appropriate channels.