Eldorado Gold Achieves 2020 Production Guidance; Appoints New Chair of the Board
VANCOUVER, Jan. 07, 2021 - Eldorado Gold Corp. (“Eldorado” or “the Company”) today announced the Company’s fourth quarter and full year 2020 preliminary production results.
Preliminary 2020 gold production increased 34% over 2019 to 528,874 ounces, meeting the Company’s annual consolidated production guidance of between 520,000 and 550,000 ounces. Preliminary gold production for the fourth quarter of 2020 increased 16% to 138,220 ounces compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.
Preliminary 2020 gold production at Lamaque exceeded guidance despite a three-week shutdown in early Spring related to government-mandated COVID-19 operating restrictions. The strong performance at Lamaque was partially offset by lower labour availability impacting leach pad flow rates at Kisladag during the second quarter. Kisladag finished the year with strong fourth-quarter gold production, driven by improving heap leach performance.
“Delivering on our production guidance amid a year of unprecedented external challenges is a testament to the dedication and resilience of our people,” said George Burns, Eldorado President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our unique portfolio of high-quality, long-lived mines and projects will continue to position Eldorado for sustained success in the years ahead.”
Table 1: 2020 Preliminary Production
|Production (oz)||Q4 2020||Q4 2019||2020||2019|
|1 Includes pre-commercial production.|
The Company will report its full year 2020 Year End-Results at the end of February.
The Company also announced today that Steve Reid has been appointed Chair of the Board, replacing George Albino, who will remain on the Eldorado Board as a Director. Steve Reid has served as a Director on the Eldorado Board since May 2013. He has over 40 years of experience in the mineral resource industry. He served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Goldcorp Inc. from 2007 to September 2012. Before joining Goldcorp, Mr. Reid spent 13 years at Placer Dome in numerous corporate, mine management and operating roles.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Steve to Chair of the Eldorado Board,” said Burns. “His work as a Director over the last seven years has contributed significantly to Eldorado’s success and we look forward to benefiting from his leadership. I would like to thank George Albino for his counsel and dedication as Chair and for his continued strong presence on the Board as a Director.”
About Eldorado Gold
Eldorado is a gold and base metals producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkey, Canada, Greece, Romania and Brazil. The Company has a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, a portfolio of high-quality assets, and long-term partnerships with local communities. Eldorado's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: ELD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EGO).
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