New Gold announces first gold pour at Rainy River mine
New Gold is pleased to report that it has completed its first gold pour at the Rainy River mine, and the company's commissioning plans remain on schedule. The first pour yielded approximately 500 ounces of gold and 600 ounces of silver. The Rainy River mine began processing ore on schedule on September 14. Since that date, the company has successfully processed approximately 290,000 tonnes of ore. Inclusive of four days of intentional downtime as part of the commissioning plan, this translates to an average processing rate of almost 14,000 tonnes per day, or 67% of the 21,000 tonne per day nameplate capacity. At the same time, the mining rate through September has continued to track on plan which has enabled the mine to deliver the scheduled quantities of ore to the mill.