08/07/2008 - 08:50

Crescent shares slump on mining halt

08/07/2008 - 08:50

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Crescent Gold Ltd shares have sunk to a 12-month low after the gold producer suspended its Laverton operation in Western Australia following problems with the processing plant.

Crescent Gold Ltd shares have sunk to a 12-month low after the gold producer suspended its Laverton operation in Western Australia following problems with the processing plant.

The company has been forced to slash its workforce and implement a six month review of the processing plant, with resumption of production not expected until the first quarter of 2009.

Crescent Gold shares dropped to a low of 11 cents before easing to close five cents, or 25.64 per cent lower at 14.5 cents.

The company said it had encountered a number of difficulties with the processing plant since it started milling in March 2007, with the facility not able to achieve the original bankable feasibility study production estimates.

Crescent Gold said it would review various courses of action including, further delineation of resources, alternative mine scheduling scenarios and additional optimisation of the plant configuration to enhance project economics.

The company had about $86.48 million in cash reserves at the end of March, 2008.

Deutsche Bank in March 2007 bankrolled a capital raising for Crescent Gold and bought $120 million worth of shares at 38 cents each, giving the group a 55.38 per cent shareholding in the gold producer.







 

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